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  • Diseased mangrove leaf in Jamaica
  • Fungal Cultures
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Potential mangrove disease in Jamaica

We recently posted about partnering with Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) to bring our mangrove disease research into the classroom in The Bahamas. Just this past week, students in grade 11 Biology at William Knibb High School in Jamaica were also able to experience our mangrove disease research in their classrooms as part of […]

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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Progress with Mangrove Fungus Biotechnology Project

We recently posted about investigating whether the mangrove fungus we find on infected leaves may have potential uses in biotechnology (see here). The images above show how some Pestalotiopsis cultures we have isolated from infected mangrove leaves are able to change the color of a specific dye known as Congo red. When an organism causes a color change of […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Use of Mangrove Fungi in Biotechnology

Many of our posts about mangrove fungi we’ve found on mangrove leaves have been centered on identifying the species causing the lesions we find on leaves (see here and here). We are also interested in understanding whether this fungus has potential for biotechnology applications.

Many fungi and bacteria are being studied for their ability to breakdown complex […]

By |June 29th, 2016|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments
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Some Fungi of The Bahamas

Recently we’ve been posting a lot about fungi, particularly fungi that are able to cause disease. However, it’s important to remember that fungi are an extremely diverse group of organisms. Some fungi may cause disease and have a negative interaction with their host while some may be beneficial by making nutrients more accessible (mycorhizza symbionts, for example) to their […]

By |February 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments
  • mangrove creek at manjack cay
  • gray fungal colony

It’s World Wetlands Day!

In honor of this day, here is a short update about mangrove research at NC State.

We collected many more leaf samples on our last trip to Abaco to better hone in on the plant pathogen causing lesions. Here are some photos of what fungal colonies we have growing from those leaves.

white fungal colonies