Czeum Project Links


The CZEUM is the culmination of over 100 years of isolation and culturing efforts by chytrid and blastoclad fungi specialists. Here we list links to helpful resources for those interested in these intriguing fungi.

A. Maine Chytrid Laboratory ( )

The Maine Chytrid Laboratory website is maintained by Dr. Joyce E. Longcore. Here one can find information on chytrid and blastoclad baiting and isolation techniques, additional culture media and references, a history of Chytridiomycota systematics, and an updated bibliography of new taxa described since Dr. Fred K. Sparrow’s second edition of Aquatic Phycomycetes.

B. Chytrid Fungi Online: An NSF PEET project website ( )

The Chytrid Fungi Online website was created by Drs. Martha J. Powell and Peter M. Letcher at the University of Alabama as part of an NSF Partnership for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy project focused on Chytridiomycota systematics. The website offers many resources, including keys to species in select genera, photographs of certain taxa, and links to helpful teaching tools for the instruction of these fungi in the classroom.

C. Teaching with Basal Fungi ( )

This page of the University of Alabama Chytrid Fungi Online website makes available the information that was presented at the 2009 Mycological Society of America meeting’s symposium focusing on education and classroom activities with chytrid, blastoclad, and trichomycete fungi. In addition to presentations from the symposium, the website provides a laboratory lecture and worksheet used by Dr. D. Rabern Simmons at the University of Maine for the instruction of undergraduate and graduate students. These laboratory materials utilized several CZEUM cultures, which are still viable and available, as model organisms. Instructors may contact CZEUM staff to determine if the same cultures, or suitable substitutes, can be obtained.

D. James Lab at The University of Michigan ( )

The James Lab website is maintained by Dr. Timothy Y. James. Protocols utilized by the CZEUM staff for fungal DNA extraction, PCR, and amplicon cleanup, in addition to datasets from previous publications, are provided. The website also lists current research projects, activities, lab members, and visiting researchers in the James Lab.