Karl Vernes

Karl Vernes

Armidale, New South Wales

University of New England

Associate Professor, Mammal Ecology and Conservation

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Thanks so much George. On behalf of the team I would like to say that we are truly overwhelmed by the level of support and everyone's generosity. We are so excited to be able to do this work, and can't wait to share our results with all our backers. We're all in this together - and we'll keep you all posted!
Aug 08, 2018
An expedition in search of one of Australia's most mysterious marsupials
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Hi Frances. Short answer is 'nobody is completely sure'! If you haven't read Jim Trappe's excellent paper on desert truffles - I can recommend: Trappe, J. et al. (2008). 'Desert Truffles of the Australian Outback: Ecology, Ethnomycology, and Taxonomy. Economic Botany, 62 (3): 497-506. [Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40390486]. In this paper, the authors say: "It is tempting to suppose that the Australian desert truffles, like forest truffles, are associated with perennial ectomycorrhizal hosts such as Cassia, Eucalyptus, or Acacia spp., rather than the other listed plants, which are not recognized as probable ectomycorrhizal hosts. However, desert truffles in Kuwait form a special type of mycorrhiza with annual species in the Cistaceae (Awameh and Alsheikh 1979), while the Kalahari truffle can inhabit roots of nonectomycorrhizal herbaceous plants (Trappe et al. 2008, this issue). They also state here that the question of mycorrhizal hosts remains unanswered ... so - do you have any ideas? Please let us know!
Aug 05, 2018
An expedition in search of one of Australia's most mysterious marsupials
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Thanks Paul!
Aug 02, 2018
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We'l definitely share our choice photos Stephen - you can count on it. That will be several months away, as we'll set them for a number of months before retrieving them, but we'll keep you posted for sure. Thanks for your support!
Aug 02, 2018
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Hi Adam - I'm keen to learn more about your time in northern SA - drop me an email and tell me more please! Thanks again for your support!
Jul 30, 2018
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Indeed it would - there's only one way to find out! Thanks so much for you support
Jul 30, 2018
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Hi Frances - we'll certainly be looking at all fungi we see, and making collections that we'd be happy to share with you. Both Todd and I are keenly interested in mammal-fungal interactions, and the desert rat-kangaroo (and other small mammals from the region) would be mycophagous mammals. We'll keep you posted!
Jul 30, 2018
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Thanks Tim! We're going to give it our all. Thanks for the support!
Jul 22, 2018
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Thanks to all of you who have backed this project since it opened yesterday. We are so appreciative of your support. Cheers, Karl
Jul 18, 2018
An expedition in search of one of Australia's most mysterious marsupials
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