Friday, February 14, 2014

[373] ‘MTSU On the Record’ explores Brazil’s mushroom species, ecosystem

MURFREESBORO — The next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program takes listeners deep into the Brazilian rainforests.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Sarah Bergemann and Fernanda Karstedt will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Bergemann, an associate professor of biology at MTSU, and Karstedt, a graduate student from Brazil, have explored species of mushrooms in the Sao Paulo region. Bergemann said she is particularly interested in the impact of evolutionary factors on the creation of new species. However, scientists have found classifying these new species challenging.

“It’s important on every level to document biodiversity, and fungi play a very crucial role in the ecosystem,” Bergemann said. “Fungi are the major decomposers, which means that, without fungi, we would basically be existing in a large compost pile.”

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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