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Surveying the diversity of Cryptomycota in Michigan
Much of the biodiversity of eukaryotes lies in single cell organisms. While most fungal phyla have been known for centuries, a novel group of fungi was recently described which is known primarily from DNA sequences. We are trying to determine the true biodiversity and ecological role of the group using metagenomic approaches. The group is ubiquitous but most frequently recovered from aquatic samples. Therefore we are trying to fractionate water to detect these organisms using molecular and microscopic techniques. Because of the wealth of data on aquatic fungi determined by Frederick Sparrow and his students, UMBS is a great place to sample.
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