Rytas J. Vilgalys

Professor of Biology

Office: 
Room 137, Biological Sciences Building, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 660-7361

Education

  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 1985

  • M.S., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 1981

  • B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo 1978

Smith, ME, Henkel, TW, Williams, GC, Aime, MC, Fremier, AK, and Vilgalys, R. "Investigating niche partitioning of ectomycorrhizal fungi in specialized rooting zones of the monodominant leguminous tree Dicymbe corymbosa." The New Phytologist 215, no. 1 (July 2017): 443-453. Full Text

Vélez, JM, Tschaplinski, TJ, Vilgalys, R, Schadt, CW, Bonito, G, Hameed, K, Engle, N, and Hamilton, CE. "Characterization of a novel, ubiquitous fungal endophyte from the rhizosphere and root endosphere of Populus trees." Fungal Ecology 27 (June 1, 2017): 78-86. Full Text

Gryganskyi, AP, Mullens, BA, Gajdeczka, MT, Rehner, SA, Vilgalys, R, and Hajek, AE. "Hijacked: Co-option of host behavior by entomophthoralean fungi." PLoS pathogens 13, no. 5 (May 4, 2017): e1006274-. Full Text

Branco, S, Bi, K, Liao, H-L, Gladieux, P, Badouin, H, Ellison, CE, Nguyen, NH, Vilgalys, R, Peay, KG, Taylor, JW, and Bruns, TD. "Continental-level population differentiation and environmental adaptation in the mushroom Suillus brevipes." Molecular Ecology 26, no. 7 (April 2017): 2063-2076. Full Text

Li, Z, Yao, Q, Dearth, SP, Entler, MR, Castro Gonzalez, HF, Uehling, JK, Vilgalys, RJ, Hurst, GB, Campagna, SR, Labbé, JL, and Pan, C. "Integrated proteomics and metabolomics suggests symbiotic metabolism and multimodal regulation in a fungal-endobacterial system." Environmental Microbiology 19, no. 3 (March 2017): 1041-1053. Full Text

Rosenthal, LM, Larsson, K-H, Branco, S, Chung, JA, Glassman, SI, Liao, H-L, Peay, KG, Smith, DP, Talbot, JM, Taylor, JW, Vellinga, EC, Vilgalys, R, and Bruns, TD. "Survey of corticioid fungi in North American pinaceous forests reveals hyperdiversity, underpopulated sequence databases, and species that are potentially ectomycorrhizal." Mycologia 109, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 115-127. Full Text

Bonito, G, Hameed, K, Toome-Heller, M, Healy, R, Reid, C, Liao, H-L, Aime, MC, Schadt, C, and Vilgalys, R. "Atractiella rhizophila , sp. nov., an endorrhizal fungus isolated from the Populus root microbiome." Mycologia 109, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 18-26. Full Text

Johansen, RB, Johnston, P, Mieczkowski, P, Perry, GLW, Robeson, MS, Burns, BR, and Vilgalys, R. "A native and an invasive dune grass share similar, patchily distributed, root-associated fungal communities." Fungal Ecology 23 (October 1, 2016): 141-155. Full Text

Spatafora, JW, Chang, Y, Benny, GL, Lazarus, K, Smith, ME, Berbee, ML, Bonito, G, Corradi, N, Grigoriev, I, Gryganskyi, A, James, TY, O'Donnell, K, Roberson, RW, Taylor, TN, Uehling, J, Vilgalys, R, White, MM, and Stajich, JE. "A phylum-level phylogenetic classification of zygomycete fungi based on genome-scale data." Mycologia 108, no. 5 (September 2016): 1028-1046. Full Text

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Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life: Resolving the Evolutionary History of the Fungi awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2012

Studies of Cryptococcus neoformans Associated with AIDS awarded by National Institutes of Health (Consultant). 1987 to 2011

REVSYS: Phylogenetic and revisionary systematics of North America truffles (Tuber, Ascomycota) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2011

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Systematics and Phylogeography of Truffles (Tuber) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Effects of Elevated CO2 on Forest N Cycling: Assessment with Large-Scale 15N Tracers and Modelin awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2007

Collaborative Research: Assembling the fungal tree of life awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2006

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Coevolutionary Diversification in Septobasidium, a Fungal Symbiont of Scale Insects awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2006

A Microbial Observatory in the Duke Forest: Exploring fungal diversity in response to environmental change awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2004

PEET: Monographic Studies of the Cladoniaceae awarded by Smithsonian Institution (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2004

Dissertation Research: The evolution of the A mating genes in the mushroom fungi. awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2003

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