$50 – $100

Mushroom Barcoding Workshop

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132 32nd Street

Suite 108

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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At this workshop we will perform DNA Barcoding, the process by which organisms are phylogenetically identified by comparing short sequences in their genome to similar specimens that have been previously sequenced, in part or totality. When paired with morphological identification, phylogenetic ID offers an improved understanding of evolutionary lineage and the potential to discover novel organisms that have yet to be described. Using fungal tissue samples gathered from Green-Wood Cemetery we will overview and perform the workflow required for DNA extraction, isolation, amplification, verification, and product preparation that will be submitted for sequencing.

We will first perform morphological IDs on our collected specimens, before using kits to extract fungal tissue samples to be used in the lab for barcoding. We will go over all the steps involved in extracting DNA from our fungal samples. While the DNA we've isolated is being amplified via Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), we will learn how to use bioinformatics software to build phylogenetic trees and how to contribute this data to online research platforms.

If you are interested in gathering your own mushroom samples for barcoding, check out our Mushroom Walk!

This is a great workshop for beginners.

This event is part of the City Nature Challenge. Learn more about the Challenge and check out our other related events here.

Craig M. Trester is a citizen scientist whose focus lies in the field of mycology, applying biomimicry and permaculture principles to develop regenerative solutions for a future which faces many challenges. By studying Fungi, he believes novel approaches towards alternative agriculture, pharmacology, and bioremediation can be realized. Outside of the lab Craig is the sole proprietor of MYC.NYC, an applied mycology educational resource based in New York City that teaches the benefits Fungi provide to our health, environment, and society to audiences on academic, research, community, and private levels.

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Brooklyn, NY 11232

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