Adjunct of post doctoral research, Erin Carr, is set to name new species and genera in the next couple of months.
Carr’s hypothesis is that these previously undiscovered fungi are interacting with local algae and cyanobacteria in the environment. Both algae and cyanobacteria can produce a carbon source through photosynthesis, with the cyanobacteria also providing a nitrogen source.
“If you have a cyanobacteria and algae friend right next to you, then you’ve got your carbon and your nitrogen, and that’s all you need to live,” Carr said.
- Read "Dr. Erin Carr to officially name six new fungi in coming months" by Nicole Tinius in the Daily Nebraskan.