Today, the impressive Dr. Arturo Casadevall of Johns Hopkins University will joint #MattersMicrobial to discuss his path in science, how fungi need more study, that some fungi are literally cool, and others a looming threat.
Host: Mark O. Martin
Guest: Arturo Casadevall
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Links for this episode
- A wonderful remembrance (by multiple authors) of Lynn Margulis, and essays by Elio Schaechter (a friend of Margulis’) and James Lake (a colleague).
- The wonderful Tiny Earth program that uses a CURE type approach to allow students to search for new antibiotic producing microbes. Also, a fine publication describing this worldwide program.
- An overview of the diverse and dizzying fungal world all around us.
- A publication describing how fungi dominated after every mass extinction.
- Giant fungi existed in Earth’s past.
- Dr. Casadevall group’s article on how fungi are cooler than the environment around them, including the “mycorefrigerator.”
- Evidence that high body temperatures defend against fungal disease. Dr. Casadevall wrote an article suggesting that fungal diseases might have helped lead to the extinction of dinosaurs.
- Dr. Casadevall explores the possibility of fungal adaptation to higher temperatures in our warming world.
- Dr. Casadevall’s essay about problems with the term “pathogen.”
- Drs Casadevall and Fang’s new book titled “Thinking About Science.”
- A short biography of Dr. Casadevall as well as his Wikipedia page.
- Dr. Casadevall’s faculty website
Intro music is by Reber Clark
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