At this meeting, we will talk about what mushrooms members have been finding this spring, our forays and listen to a presentation by one of our grad student scholarship winners.
Andrew Mann will present on the topic of The Role of Symbiotic Fungi in Tree Killing Beetles.
Tree-killing beetles such as the red turpentine beetle (RTB) and emerald ash borer (EAB) cause tremendous ecological and economic damage as invasive species. For example, RTB is a relatively harmless beetle in the pine forests of North America. However, as an invasive species in China, this bark beetle has killed tens of millions of pine trees over the past two decades. Similarly, EAB was introduced to North America in the early 2000s and has since spread to over 420 billion acres in the United States and Canada, threatening many ash species. In this presentation, Andrew will showcase previous work describing how fungi aid or even harm beetles as tree killers. He will also present the diversity of fungi found with RTB and EAB in Minnesota as well as the potential roles fungi play in the invasion process of these two beetles.
Andrew Mann is pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Dr. Robert Blanchette and Dr. Kathryn Bushley (USDA-ARS). He is originally from Austin, Texas and received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science at Colorado State University. Andrew’s peer reviewed publications.
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