Fungi receive little attention in mainstream media, but these organisms have an enormous impact on ecosystems and on the production of food and pharmaceuticals. As decomposers, fungi recycle nutrients and are key contributors to the global carbon cycle. David Hibbett will examine the diversity of fungal decay mechanisms and how they have evolved across geologic time. He will also address the controversial hypothesis that fungal evolution contributed to the decline in coal formation at the end of the Carboniferous Period.
To improve the quality of the video and audio in the Zoom meeting, David will be sharing his pre-recorded 48 minute presentation from Harvard Museum in May 2018, and will be giving an intro and provide a Q/A after. Any questions during the video can be added to the Q/A list by any meeting participant, and David will be able to address them after the video.
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