Let´s talk about fungi!

My name is Carlos A. Aguilar-Trigueros. I am a scientist interested in the causes and ecological consequences of network growth in fungi.

t_0001-ANIMATIONI find deeply fascinating fungal networks for three reasons. First, aside from some exceptions, the body of most fungi consist of an ever expanding, non centralized network. Second, this body has allowed fungi to colonize, survive and thrive in every ecosystem on Earth. Just these two facts trigger in my mind  puzzling questions like: how do they manage to be that successul with such “simple” body plan? or why in all these millions of years that fungi have been around, this body plan seem to be dominant in the Kingdom?

The third reason is what I would call a science bias: comparatevely speaking,  little research has been done to understand how network growth operate in fungi and, very importantly, what can we learn from fungal networks in our society.

A bit of  personal history

Currently, I am post-doctoral fellow at the group of Matthias Rillig in Berlin, as a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research

Before 2017, I would say that my research consisted of a “hunt” for fascinating traits in the Fungi. From this year on, I am basing my research program on fungal network growth  explicitly. Current projects deal with the consequences of network growth on: fungal drought tolerance; fungal reproductive ecology; fungal transitions from symbiosis to saprotrophy.

You can find a list of my publications on google scholar

and additional information (as well as the papers) on research gate