Graduate positions available at the U of Maine

Seanna Annis sannis at
Fri Mar 26 15:02:20 EST 1999

Available September 1999--We are seeking a masters graduate student to
work with the chytrid fungus that has been associated with deaths and
declines of amphibians.  This fungus has only recently been isolated
>From frog skin and little is known of its basic biology.  The project
will include determining optimum growth conditions for the fungus in
pure culture and studies of the enzymes that enable it to enter and live
in amphibian skin cells. The student may also be involved in DNA
fingerprinting of isolates of the fungus for population studies. Please
contact Seanna Annis (sannis at , 207-581-2621), or Joyce
Longcore (longcore at, 207-581-4396), 5722 Deering Hall, Dept. of
Biological Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 04469.

Available September 1999I have a graduate research assistantship
available for a masters student to work with pathogenic fungi that
attack lowbush blueberry plants.  The students project can involve
field and/or lab work including field surveys, identification of fungi
and molecular biology and physiological techniques.  The three main
areas of research in the lab are; a) distribution and population
structure of the fungus that causes mummy berry using AFLPs (a DNA
fingerprinting technique using PCR), b) field studies examining the
effect of farming techniques on the severity and distribution of fungi
causing stem blight and leaf spot in blueberry and c) physiological and
molecular studies of the enzymes and toxins produced by fungi that
attack blueberry.   Please contact Seanna Annis, (sannis at,
207-581-2621), 152 Hitchner Hall, Dept. of Biological Sciences,
University of Maine, Orono, ME, 04469.

An opening is available beginning Fall 1999 for a graduate research
assistant interested in wood biodegradation.  Current projects include:
ecological studies of the role of fungi in nutrient cycling in the
forest;  use of molecular methods to detect decay fungi;  biological
and biochemical characterization of decay processes; and bioremediation
and metal transport by fungi.  For more information please contact Jody
Jellison (jellison at  160 Hitchner Hall, University of
Maine, Orono, ME 04469.

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