Stajich Laboratory for Fungal Evolutionary Genomics

Desert Adventures, 2018

Nat and Jason headed out to the Mojave National Preserve to meet up with Erik Hom and his StudyUSA class from Univ of Mississippi. We started at the Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center which is one of 39 Natural Reserves in the University of California.  We were there to teach a bit about cryptogamic crusts, show the Kelso dunes off, and explore some more of the desert crust sampling sites that our collaborator Nicole Pietrasiak (@drylandalgae) and Paul De Ley have collected from. Nothing like seeing sites that previously I only knew from pictures or tubes of soil!A few pictures from our visit.IMG_6972IMG_6970IMG_6950IMG_2316.20180111Kelso DunesIMG_2282.20180111Crusts symbioses of algae and cyanobacteria with fungi, bacteria, and many uncounted single celled organisms.IMG_2290.20180111IMG_2288.20180111Lichen Crusts galore across from the Kelso dunesIMG_2300.20180111IMG_2299.20180111IMG_2295.20180111Moss Crusts are also rich symbioses with a predominant moss.IMG_2312.20180111Old volcanic flow in the Cima area also has cacti and crustsIMG_2331.20180111IMG_2328.20180111Colorful lichens found on the granite faces. On closer looks, these are often 3 or more species competing for space on the same surface.IMG_2309.20180111IMG_2318.20180111IMG_2322.20180111IMG_2323.20180111IMG_2324.20180111

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