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Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series – Fungal DNA Barcoding
October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fungal DNA Barcoding – Craig Trester
At this workshop we will perform Fungal DNA Barcoding, the process by which organisms are phylogenetically identified by comparing short sequences in their genome to similar specimens that have been previously sequenced in part or totality. When paired with morphological identification, phylogenetic ID offers an improved understanding of evolutionary lineage and the potential to discover novel organisms that have not been described before. Using fungal tissue samples from collected Mushrooms we will overview and perform DNA extraction, isolation, amplification, verification, and sequencing.
Craig M. Trester is a citizen scientist whose focus lies in the field of mycology, applying biomimicry and permaculture principles to develop regenerative solutions for a future which faces many challenges. By studying Fungi, he believes novel approaches towards alternative agriculture, pharmacology, and bioremediation can be realized. Outside of the lab Craig is the sole proprietor of MYC.NYC, an applied mycology educational resource based in New York City that teaches the benefits Fungi provide to our health, environment, and society to audiences on academic, research, community, and private levels.