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Population Biology of Modular Organisms

Fungal life histories are not easily parsed into traditional life tables. We are interested in understanding how the births and deaths of an individual fungus and its parts influence the force of natural selection on an individual, the structure of populations, and the evolution of aging.

Mushegian AA, CN Peterson, CCM Baker and A Pringle. 2011. Bacterial Diversity across Individual Lichens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77(12): 4249-4252 [article | supplementary material]

Pringle A. 2005. Immortal fungi. Mycena News (popular article for the Mycological Society of San Francisco). (see

Pringle A, JW Taylor. 2002. Understanding the fitness of filamentous fungi. Trends in Microbiology 10: 474-481 [download].

A population of Coccomyces
growing on a leaf.
Individuals are delineated by
black lines, signalling
antagonistic interactions.