Kohn Research Lab

Welcome to the Kohn research lab

About Dr. Kohn:

Linda KohnDr. Linda Kohn
PhD Cornell University, 1979
Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, and Dept. of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Tel: 905-828-3997 (Office); 905-828-5338 (Lab)
Fax: 905-828-3792

Research Interests:

I am a mycologist; my specialty is the ascomycetes. I am an avid observer of the field natural history of fungi, the foundation of my undergraduate teaching (BIO 335) as well as much of my research. I am currently working on:

Mechanisms of speciation in fungi. I continue to infer patterns of population divergence and speciation through retrospective studies based on population samples. This includes both agricultural plant pathogens and “wild” fungi. The new part is that, in collaboration with Jim Anderson, we are observing incipient speciation in experimental populations of both yeast and filamentous fungi. Fungal model systems are ideal for getting at genetics and genomics of this trajectory of adaptation, divergence and reproductive isolation – and for addressing key questions in speciation theory.

Mechanisms of trophic preference in pathogenic fungi. New projects use genomic resources for Sclerotinia, Botrytis, and other fungi as a starting point for molecular and genetic investigation of the evolutionary divergence of trophic type among closely related taxa.

Population and community dynamics of fungi in plants. This is a shift in scale to patterns and processes of fungi in planta. Current projects include lab and field experiments on facilitation /competition among maize endophytes associated with fungal tolerance of a maize allelopathic compound.

Linda Kohn

Finding new fungi in Spartina on Sapelo Island, Univ. of Georgia Marine Research Station, July 2008: studies toward understanding facultative fungal farming by snails and salt marsh decline



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