by guest blogger, Professor Timothy James
University of Michigan Herbarium
Picture of a Phyllomedusa being swabbed. Swabs are tested in the lab using DNA methods to determine if the fungus pathogen is present.
After leaving Campinas, I moved to São Paulo to visit the lab of Carmen Pires-Zottarelli at the Instituto de Bôtanica. The place is a holy land of botanical research in the best way. It’s situated in green oasis right in the middle of the city and has the city’s public garden attached. There’s at least six faculty doing mycological research there, including lichenologists and agaricologists, and my host lab which studies aquatic fungi. We were working on molecular phylogenetics of chytrids and oomycetes. One project involves documenting zoosporic fungi from Ilha do Cardoso, the most pristine habitat I saw while in Brazil.
|Ilha do Cardoso has forest that is dense with bromeliads, which makes great habitat for amphibians as well. I don’t think any chytridiomycosis surveys have been done here.|
Hygrocybe c.f. conica mushrooms and the pumpkin toadlet Brachycephalus ephippium.