- Laboratory of Forest Pathology and Mycology/ Forest Mycology-

3.5 billion years ago, organisms (prokaryotes) are considered to appear in water. 400 million years ago, they landed on the earth and evolved into various life forms of organisms. Now, hundreds and thousands species of organisms are living in forest ecosystems. They have complex associations with others contributing to the maintenance of stability of the ecosystems. Microorganisms such as fungi are heterotrophic and thus depend their carbon sources on other organisms. Fungi are taxonomically diverse groups and their functional role roughly divided into three categories based on the pattern of associations with other organisms: saprotrophic (decomposers of plant dead materials), parasitic (fungi deprive nutrients from living plants and can be pathogenic) and symbiotic (mycorrhizal and endophytic fungi).
In our laboratory, we are studying to unveil the diversity of fungal species and their functional roles in terms of matter and energy flow in forest ecosystems based on the fungal morphology, histology and genetic approaches.


Mycorrhiza related papers

Raffaelean disease related papers

Endophytes related papers

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December 4, 2002 by Matsuda Y