January 2021 Meeting
Monday, January 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Online meeting using Zoom
Speaker: Tom Bruns
Program: "Complexity, Simplicity and Convergence a tour through the evolutionary history of the Basidiomycota"
This talk will cover some of the classic examples of the evolutionary process as seen in the Basidiomycota. When evolutionary convergence is taught we usually hear about the wings of birds and bats, or fins of fish and dolphins, but the convergence in the Basidiomycota is equally impressive, with mushrooms, polypores, coral fungi, tooth fungi, and puffballs all providing stunning examples of convergence in form. In addition, the Basidiomycota has produced amazing examples of complex innovations including unique spore dispersal mechanisms, complicated mating systems, and host-alternating life cycles, and these complexities have been evolutionarily simplified multiple times.