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LSS 59: Fun with the Fungi

The fungi edition features Luisa Torres interview with Dr. Teresa Iturriaga and Robert Dirig of Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium. They discussed the collection of preserved fungi samples, photos of mushrooms and lichens and pathologic specimen. This organization has been at Cornell University since the 1800s.

If anyone is interested in checking out the collection of specimen the herbarium is open by appointment only. Prior to your visit contact Teresa Iturriaga at

In the short segment, we learn about how baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is able to survive under stress conditions and how these same survival mechanisms are being utilized in other microbes pathogens.

Vandana Raghavan: Ph.D. Candidate on the brink of defending her thesis

Eric Alani: Cornell University Professor

Contributors: Luisa Torres  | Esther Racoosin | Liz Mahood | Candice Limper | Cecil Barnett-Neefs

Producer: Cecil Barnett-Neefs

Music: Show Theme by Joe Lewis and Cece Giannotti. “Funky Energy Loop” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 1.0 License

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  1. […] for Locally Sourced Science, a radio show hosted by my local radio station in Ithaca, N.Y. When I interviewed the curator of the fungi collection at the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium, I stamped colorful […]

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