Together with Fungal Biodiversity Laboratory, the members of “Microbe Interaction Laboratory” used to be part of “Mycology Laboratory” at BIOTEC. The purely taxonomical works on Fungi of Mycology Laboratory are transitioning, with the creation of our lab, to a more integrated approach for understanding fungal biology by putting fungi into their natural context, i.e. in interaction with other biotic and abiotic environments, including humans, in their ecosystems. We take advantage of our solid backgrounds in invertebrate-pathogenic fungi, xylariaceous fungi and mushrooms in conducting fundamental researches on fungi-environments interactions.
|Insect fungi and their host serve as models for understanding host-fungal pathogen interactions and evolution while documentations of their diversity are in continuing process. This research also serves as a discovery tool for new candidate fungi to be used as bio-control agents and provide basic knowledge potentially useful for bio-control biology.
Xylariaceae is a large family of the Ascomycota containing more than eighty genera and one thousand species. Most of them are sabrobic wood degraders while some are endophytic, coprophilous, or even associated with termite nests. Our research focus on diversity and ecology of the saprobic species on dead and decaying wood and the termite associated species.
Mushrooms are economically and socially important organisms with close relation to rural community in Thailand. The efficient production by human requires a good understanding of their biology in natural habitats. Our current researches also focus on this issue
Our research contributes to the accumulation of information on tropical fungi, particularly Thailand, and renders available numerous strains from natural habitat for industry and other research institution. We also take pride in transferring knowledge to communities and other institutions as well as training graduate and undergraduate students.