The body of most fungi is unique because it grow as a dynamic network within which nutrients and information are transported. However, it is not clear how widely such networks vary among species or to what extent they are similar to other types of networks (like human ones). I am teaming up with researchers spanning several fields to characterize and understand the functionality of this diversity.
For example, I am working together with Mark Fricker at Oxford University to develop a pipeline to digitize fungal mycelia and transform it into a network (funded by Oxford/Berlin Research Partnership). Ultimately, our goal is to use this information to understand the origins of this interesting life form.