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Science Café Woo: Mushrooms, the Carbon Cycle and the End of the Carboniferous

This is not a GWH event. Please note this is starting at 6:30.

Dr. David Hibbett Professor of Biology Clark UniversityDavid Hibbett, studies the ecology and evolution of mushroom-forming fungi. In his talk, he will focus on the important roles fungi play in our ecosystems. Earth significantly slowed its coal-making processes roughly 300 million years ago at the same time fungi developed the ability to break down lignin, a component of plants. Dr. Hibbett will discuss how that new trait may have helped stop the accumulation of organic carbon that formed coal deposits thereby bringing about the end of the Carboniferous, a geological time period highlighted by the formation of coal beds across the planet.

Science Café Woo
Presented by NOVA
Our partner venue: NuCafe
335 Chandler St. Worcester, MA, 01602
Phone: (508)[masked]


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  • CherylBene

    Dr. Hibbet gave a good talk and proposed some interesting theories.

    December 17, 2013

  • Tim

    Mushrooms were more interesting than I realized.

    December 17, 2013

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