PLP 526 Students Present Research
Graduate students Olga Kozhar, Chiti Agarwal, Yuxian Li, Shannon Carmody and John Weber gave a special seminar presenting the results of their class project “Strange Case of Pointed Morel”. Over the course of the 2016 spring semester, the graduate students in Dr. Tobin Peever’s Advanced Fungal Biology class worked on phylogenetic analysis of unclassified specimens of morel mushrooms. The specimens, which had a distinctly pointed cap, had been collected in Idaho in previous years and were distinct morphologically from Morchella species already reported in that area. Combined results of morphological and phylogenetic analysis revealed evidence that these unknown specimens are probably a new Morchella species not described previously.