The goal of the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR) is to integrate all aspects of fungal research including environmental and climate initiatives, disease, agriculture, evolution, mathematical modeling, genomics and bioinformatics, and to translate knowledge from fundamental research to stakeholders, the general public, and the scientific community.  CIFR will promote education and understanding of the relative contribution of global biodiversity to the beneficial and deleterious activities of fungi.

Recent News

Congratulations to Christine Hawks for receiving a $1.4M grant from NSF to study the effect of droughts on soil microbes. The announcement can be found in CALS news.

Congratulations to Kevin Garcia for receiving a $740,000 grant from the USDA to study how symbiotic root fungi help legumes get potassium.  The announcement can be found in CALS news.

Congratulations to Francis de los Reyes who was awarded a 2020 Patents for Humanity Award by the US Patents and Trademark Office for his Flexcrevator project.  The Flexcrevator is a machine that enables fast, safe, and hygienic fecal sludge removal, surpassing manual emptying.  The announcement can be found HERE.

Marc Cubeta was featured on the local news (CBS17): “Fungus among us: Why are mushrooms taking over central NC lawns?”.  The video version can be found HERE.

The CAST article on “Agriculture and the Microbiome” by Ignazio Carbone, Megan Andrews and Owen Duckworth was featured in WRAL TechWire and CALS news.  The link to the publication and the webinar (presented by Ignazio and Megan) can be found HERE.

Congratulations to Manuel Kleiner on receiving a $1.8M NIH grant to study the gut microbiome!  The announcement can be found HERE.

Margo Daub was featured in the CALS news.  Congratulations on all your achievements at NC-state.  We wish you well in your retirement! Read all about her CALS career HERE.

Congratulations to Owen Duckworth for receiving the Jackson Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy Award! The announcement is posted HERE.

Congratulations to Amy Grunden for being named Assistant Director for the Life Sciences for the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS)!!! The announcement is posted HERE.

Congratulations to Francis de los Reyes for being elected to the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines!!

Please join us in welcoming Marcela Rojas-Pierce to CIFR!  Marcela is an Associate Professor in Plant and Microbial Biology.

The GRIP4PSI collaborative research project led by Christine Hawkes to Increase Disease and Drought Resistance was highlighted in CALS news.   The article is titled Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience.

Congratulations to Marc Cubeta for receiving the 2020 APS Excellence in Teaching Award!

Congratulations to Peter Ojiambo who has been selected as one of this year’s University Faculty Scholars!