The roundup of twittered updates for 2012-04-19

  • A beginner's guide to eukaryotic genome annotation http://t.co/FS8y2MRw #
  • ReCombine: A Suite of Programs for Detection and Analysis of Meiotic Recombination in Whole-Genome Datasets http://t.co/rv7QV2Dg #
  • Phenotypic Diversification Is Associated with Host-Induced Transposon Derepression in Sudden Oak Death (P. ramorum) http://t.co/DkNlVzWa #
  • Yes, Virginia, you “emit” microbes when you walk into a room http://t.co/vt8VOqlj #

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Eastern hemlocks and citizen science

If you live on the east coast and are interested in a citizen science project or an outreach project through your classes check out this post from Cyme & Cystidium. Especially if you like to tromp around the woods and can help find fungi associated with Eastern Hemlock trees which are undergoing a serious die-off due to an insect called the Woolly Adelgid. Cyme is interested in finding what happens to the mycorrhizal fungi associated with trees undergoing this massive die-off so collecting what fungal species fruit under these trees will help answer questions as to what kinds of shifts in populations occur when the host species are lost.

Fear of Fungi!

The cover of Nature today highlights an article from Matthew Fisher and colleagues on the major impact that Fungi as emerging infectious diseases are playing on threatening diversity of ecosystems and agricultural productivity.

Fisher, M., Henk, D., Briggs, C., Brownstein, J., Madoff, L., McCraw, S., & Gurr, S. (2012). Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health Nature, 484 (7393), 186-194 DOI: 10.1038/nature10947