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Welcome to the Mycology portal at Boise State University. This site and associated research are sponsored by Dr. Merlin White.
Dr. White’s research interests focus on fungi that are obligate endosymbionts of Arthropods, commonly referred to as gut fungi, traditionally in the class Trichomycetes.
The research in Dr. White’s lab spans from biodiversity surveys using morpho-taxonomy, often to describe new species of gut fungi, to molecular systematic and phylogenetic studies to infer the evolution of these fungi.
“Ultimately, our studies will lead to a necessary revised classification of the group. Whereas these fungi are often regarded as commensals, they may also hold future promise for the possible production of antibiotics or with biocontrol of pest insect populations.”
This site is intended to highlight the research and stimulate continued studies of the gut fungi, as well as to share teaching experiences and studies in Mycology.