Departamento de Biología
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez
Dr. Matías J. Cafaro
Biol 6642 – Advanced Mycology
Biol 4925 - Seminar
Educación: Ph. D. University of Kansas, 2003
Departamento de Biología, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681-9012
Tel.- 787-832-4040 ext. 3950
Intereses de Investigación:
Broadly, I am interested in symbiosis between fungi and arthropods, their systematics, coevolution, and ecology. I study an obscure group of fungi called Trichomycetes, also known as gut fungi. They are obligate arthropod endosymbionts that grow attached to the lining of the digestive tracts of their hosts. Traditionally, they were thought to be fungi belonging to the Zygomycota, however, my research, using molecular sequence data, has shown that not all lineages of Trichomycetes are true fungi. Rather, some are more closely related to protists that are part of the basal lineage that gave rise to true fungi and animals. My major goal is to understand trichomycetes as an ecological group but within a phylogenetic context.
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