WUFT News

UF Museum of Natural History to host fungi event

By on January 14th, 2013

People will have the opportunity to learn more about a diverse group of organisms in a fun atmosphere at the University of Florida Museum of Natural History, which is hosting a fungi information event with scientists Tuesday night as part of its Science Cafe series.

Matthew Smith, an assistant professor at the department of plant pathology at the University of Florida, will present “Fungus Among Us: Knowing the Diversity and Ecology of Fungi.”

“Most people don’t know very much about fungi, and they can’t necessarily identify what is and what isn’t a fungus,” Smith said.

Smith said he will be discussing what a fungus is, the diversity of the organism and its evolutionary history.  He will also discuss the latest scientific research and provide a few local examples of fungi.

Following the presentation, audience members can participate in an open discussion with the scientists.

“The idea is to make it fun and the scientists approachable,” Smith said.

The event is free and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Chef Brothers Custom Catering off of Northwest 34th Street. Smith said he is expecting about 70 people to attend.

“I hope people come out and are ready to talk about some interesting organisms.”

Kristen Morrell edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Health and Science and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Health and Science

UF Study Shows Grape Seed Oil Can Reduce Obesity

A new study has found that muscadine grape seed oil can help reduce obesity. Containing a vitamin E derivative, the oil can help prevent the formation of new fat cells.


Columbia County Upgrading Plumbing To Conserve Springs

The Columbia County Water Conservation project encourages commercial buildings to decrease water usage by upgrading to high efficiency plumbing models. This project will reduce the amount of water used per flush in a toilet, which can save about 90,000 gallons each day and 32.8 gallons per year.


Boil water

Precautionary Boil Water Notice Lifted For Marion County

Marion County Utilities issued a precautionary boil water warning Tuesday after water pressure levels dropped below the average rate. That notice has since been lifted following the completion of a biological survey showing the water was safe to drink again.


Taylor Dole, 23, bakes chocolate chai biscotti to distract her nerves the day before her thesis defense.

University Of Florida Services Offer Help For Anxiety

A growing number of college students deal with anxiety that impacts their daily life. School and social stressors cause many to struggle, but counseling, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy can help.


The completed henna design on Lilia Lima's head is entirely free-handed by artist and pre-med student Jeena Karr. Safe, beautiful and fresh, the art gives cancer patients like Lima a new way to feel beautiful.

Henna Artist Gives Cancer Patients Crowns Of Beauty

A University of Florida student combines faith and spirituality with the ancient art of henna to comfort cancer patients. Jeena Kar uses henna paste made from the flowering plant, Lawsonia inermis, to create intricate designs on the heads of those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments