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Part of the aim of AMS is to make Mycological Research more accessible and to amplify the efforts of mycologists in Australasia and around the world. Join us for some of the latest and most exciting mycology-focused seminars, in the comfort of your home or office! You'll be able to learn from experts in medical mycology, biotechnology, environmental microbiology, plant and animal pathology, taxonomy and systematics, and phylogenetics.  Seminars normally occur on the last Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm (Sydney time), 2:00pm New Zealand time with any exceptions highlighted. Talks are 30 minutes long and are followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience. Zoom links are provided prior to the date where you can register to attend.


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Upcoming AMS Virtual Seminar


30th August 2023 (Wednesday) 12 pm AEST / 2 pm NZST :


Dr. Felipe E. Albornoz

Postdoctoral researcher, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Environment, Wembley, WA, Australia

TOPIC: Differential effects of different types of ecosystem degradation on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in temperate eucalypt woodlands


Summary: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can influence both ecosystem degradation and recovery. However, the effects of ecosystem degradation on AMF remain unresolved, with contrasting results in the literature showing that ecosystem degradation can increase, decrease, or have no effect on AMF communities. This presentation examines the effects of different types of ecosystem degradation on AMF in temperate eucalypt woodlands, using two case studies. In these studies, we characterised AMF communities across reference sites (i.e. relatively undisturbed native woodlands) and three types of degradation: 1) carbon and nitrogen (N) depletion, 2) N enrichment, and 3) N and P enrichment. We discuss how these types of degradation, in association with plant invasions, can determine the trajectory of AMF communities.

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Talk details to be confirmed for the following speakers:


27th September: nominate a speaker now by contacting us at

25th October: Dr. Adam Frew - Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Sydney

29th November: Allison Mertin - 2022 AMS Research Grant awardee, PhD candidate in Microbial Ecology, University of Melbourne and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Past AMS Virtual Seminar


October: Assistant Prof Jessie Uehling Watch on YouTube

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University

​Bacterial endosymbionts in the Mucoromycota fungi, lessons from comparative genomics

September: Professor Roger Shivas (This talk was not recorded)

University of Southern Queensland

Saving planet Earth - re-evaluating taxonomic best practices 

August: Dr Anthony Young Watch on YouTube

University of Queensland

​A Streak Through History: Cracking the Sugarcane Chlorotic Streak Disease Riddle  

July: Drs Krista Plett and Sophia Callaghan Watch on YouTube

NSW Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety

​Biosecurity Behind the Scenes  

June: Dr Camille Truong Watch on YouTube

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australia.

​Ectomycorrhizal fungi and the nitrogen economy of Nothofagus

May: Dr Kar-Chun Tan (KC) Watch on YouTube

The Centre for Crop Disease Management at Curtin University

Untangling the ‘Gordian knot’ – How to unravel a complex fungal disease of wheat by understanding its game of effector hide-and-seek

April: Dr Alistair McTaggart  Watch on YouTube

​Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland

Sex and Drugs

March: Dr Peri Tobias Watch on YouTube

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

A chromosome-level genome sheds new light on the mating strategy for Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust)

February: Wayne Boatwright Watch an Extended Version on YouTube

President of the Queensland Mycological Society

Collecting and Describing Fungi - Citizen Science in Action

January:  Dr Jonathan Plett Watch on YouTube

Senior lecturer in plant-microbe interactions at Western Sydney University

Ecological Mergers: exploring how ectomycorrhizal fungi use secreted signals to negotiate host colonization


January 2021: Dr Stephanie Watts-Fawkes, Watch on YouTube

Research Officer, Crop Nutrition, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Identifying and characterising a zinc transporter involved in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

February 2021:  Matthias Johannes Salomon, Watch on YouTube

PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide

Global analysis of microbial inoculants containing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: 84% of the tested products contained no active propagules

March 2021:  A/Prof Amanda Black

Bioprotection Research Centre, Lincoln University

Genomes to Giants: kauri die back and the fight to save these ancient trees

April 2021:  Professor Ana Traven

Infection and Immunity Research Program at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Metabolic drives of host-pathogen interactions in fungal infections

May 2021:  Dr Sarah Sapsford, Watch on YouTube

Fungal and Disease Ecology, University of Canterbury

How fungi can change ecosystems

June 2021: Professor Treena Burgess, Watch on YouTube

Research and Innovation, Murdoch University

Urban forests; bridge-heads and sentinels for Phytophthora introductions

July 2021:  A/Prof Jeff Powell, Watch on YouTube

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Switching partners - the roles and relationships of dual mycorrhizal systems for eucalypts

August 2021:  Dr Kentaro Hosaka, Watch on YouTube

National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan

Natural history of blue entolomas, from Japan and the world

September 2021:  Dr Yu Pei Tan

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Looking in the cupboard: the hidden diversity of microfungi in Australia.

October 2021​:  Prof. Levente Kiss, Watch on YouTube

University of Southern Queensland

Mycoparasitic fungi in action

December 2021:  AMS Research Grant Awardees, Watch on YouTube

Dr Elaine Davison, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University; Research Associate of the Western Australian Herbarium

Relationships in Amanita, with particular reference to local species 


Rebecca Jane Webb, PhD candidate, James Cook University
Glutathione biosynthesis in the amphibian chytrid fungus


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July: Dr Hagai Shemesh Join us now to get access

Tel-Hai College, Israel

The effect of ectomycorrhizal fungi on ecological processes at varying temporal and spatial scales

June: Dr César Marín Join us now to get access

Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile

Southern and global mycorrhizal collectives

May: Dr Anna Hopkins Join us now to get access

Edith Cowan University

The impact of disturbance on soil fungal communities: drought, fire and digging mammals

April: Prof Bernard Slippers Join us now to get access

Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria

Ecology and evolution of the Sirex noctilio – Amylostereum areolatum symbiosis, and its relevance to biological control

March: Prof Ian Dickie Join us now to get access

University of Canterbury

Ripples in the net: Vegetation change and fungal networks

February: Dr Kylie Ireland Join us now to get access

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia

Polyphagous shot-hole borer in Western Australia: host range, distribution and response activities

January: Dr Carlos Aguilar Watch on YouTube

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia

Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Functional groups shape the size and function of spores across the Fungal Kingdom


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