The roundup of twittered updates for 2011-08-29

  • The genome of the obligate endobacterium of an AM fungus reveals an interphylum network of nutritional interactions. #
  • A Single Streptomyces Symbiont Makes Multiple Antifungals to Support the Fungus Farming Ant Acromyrmex octospinosus #
  • A mass spectrometric view of the fungal wall proteome. #
  • Comparative whole genome sequencing reveals phenotypic tRNA gene duplication in spontaneous S. pombe La mutants #
  • Expression of novel thermostable Cu, Zn-SOD frm Chaetomium thermophilum in Pichia pastoris & antioxidant properties #
  • Evolution: The evolution of the cytoskeleton #

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The roundup of twittered updates for 2011-08-22

  • The effects of dsRNA mycoviruses on growth and murine virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus #
  • Effects of gasteroid fruiting body morphology on diversification rates in 3 independent clades of fungi #
  • XUTs are a class of Xrn1-sensitive antisense regulatory non-coding RNA in yeast #
  • Prion-forming ability of Ure2 of yeasts is not evolutionarily conserved #

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Postdoc positions in Fungal Genomics and Genetics at Duke University

Two advertisements for postdoc positions in great labs at Duke University working on pathogen genetics or community genomics of EM Fungi

Starting in the fall, 2011, a postdoctoral position is available on an NIH-supported project focused on Cryptococcus neoformans. This opportunistic yeast is often inhaled from the environment and capable of causing deadly meningitis in immunocompromised patients. Approximately one million new cases occur annually among HIV/AIDS patients in sub-Saharan Africa. The proposal employs next-gen sequencing of multiple, selected strains, comparative genomics, population genetics, and microarrays to identify the genes and pathways that are responsible for cryptococcal disease. This project would be ideal for a postdoc who is experienced with methods and analyses of whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics or is willing to learn this methodology. This project will involve traveling to Africa and requires capabilities to work independently and learn new techniques. Our laboratory is part of Duke University Mycology Research Unit, which is one of the leading centers of medical mycology in the US. (

For inquires and information, contact:
Anastasia P. Litvintseva, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Tel: 919-684-9096

Postdoctoral Position: Transcriptomics and Community Genomics of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi

Postdoctoral position in the Vilgalys Mycology Laboratory at Duke University to study functional, genetic, and community diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi. We are currently seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral position to study functional and genetic diversity in a keystone plant-microbe symbiosis (pines and ectomycorrhizal
fungi). In particular, we are interested in linkages between phylogenetic diversity, population structure, and functional diversity in mycorrhizal communities and also how these factors affect larger ecosystem processes. Ideal applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in any area of fungal and/or plant genetics, ecology, or bioinformatics
along with relevant publications and laboratory experience. Previous experience with metagenomics and next-generation sequencing is desirable but not necessary for the position. This position is part of a collaborative research grant (NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity program) with faculty at University of Minnesota (Kabir Peay) and University of California at Berkeley (Tom Bruns & John Taylor). The postdoc chosen for this position will have opportunities to interact with investigators at all three institutions during project meetings and field work. Interested candidates should email (1) a cover letter explaining interest and relevant qualifications (e.g. technical or
analytical skills), and (2) a CV listing education, relevant publications, and (3) names of 3 references to Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, Biology Department, Duke University (please collate and send as a single pdf to The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. For more information on the Vilgalys Lab see:

Orange goo is in fact rust spores in Alaska waters

Previously incorrectly identified as eggs, the ‘orange goo’ floating off the shore of a small Alaskan village has now been identified as a rust fungus.

If they had known that a hoard of Mycologists were descending on Alaska for our annual meeting!  I guess the exact identification is still being determined by NOAA labs – hope they can PCR ITS up and figure it out (and maybe save a culture for deposition somewhere).

(Thanks to Blake Billmyre for passing along the story)

The roundup of twittered updates for 2011-08-16

  • The copper regulon of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans H99 #
  • Unveiling the structural basis for translational ambiguity tolerance in a human fungal pathogen #
  • Basidiomycetous Yeasts frm Boletales Fruiting Bodies & Interactions w/ Mycoparasite S chrysospermum & Host Paxillus #
  • Cryptococcus neoformans Macrophage Interactions Reveal Background Influences Outcome during Meningoencephalitis #

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