Thomas Bruns's research involves the ecology and evolution of fungi, especially identifying characteristics through nucleic acid sequences. Most fungi studied are basidiomycetes, a class of fungi which includes mushrooms, shelf fungi, puffballs and other macrofungi. His current projects include the structure and function of ectomycorrhizal fungi communities, effects of fire and logging on ectomycorrhizal fungi, and mycorrhizal interactions with epiparsitic plants.
Research Expertise and Interest
microbial biology, plant biology, fungi, nucleic acid sequences, basidomycetes, ectomycorrhizal fungi communities