The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) is a 2019-2020 Board initiative to add value to NATGA memberships by offering timely information on research.

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Shannon Berch

Emeritus Research Scientist

Shannon Berch recently retired from and is now an Emerita Research Scientist with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment; she is also an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and an associate member in Botany at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Bryce Kendrick kindled her interest in mycology during an undergraduate course he taught at the University of Waterloo.…

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Gregory Bonito

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Mycology, plant-fungal interactions, truffle ecology, & evolution of bacterial endosymbiosis in fungi.

Prof. Bonito studies ecology & evolution of plant-fungal-bacterial associations, with a particular interest in below ground root associated fungi including truffles, mushrooms & molds. These organisms provide important links between plants & soils & are functionally important to plant health & nutrition, nutrient cycles, & energy flows.…

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Christine Fischer

Forest Ecologist

Christine Fischer is a forest ecologist with a special focus on mycorrhizal fungi. During the past 25 years she has worked with a team of researchers on the ecology and cultivation of Black Truffles in Spain at the Forest Science Center of Catalonia (CTFC), where she led a program for the certification of truffle seedlings. She teaches workshops on microscopic and molecular techniques for the study of ectomycorrhizal fungi, and has participated in national and international projects and meetings, collaborating on more than 50 scientific and educational publications.

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Alexis Guerin Laguette

Scientist

Dr Alexis Guerin-Laguette has been a mycorrhiza scientist at The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited since January 2004. His global work with edible mycorrhizal fungi & fungi cultivation is widely recognized. In New Zealand, he shares his knowledge & expertise with all players in this industry. He has published over 20 research papers on the topic.

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Inga Meadows

Extension Plant Pathologist

Inga Meadows is an Extension Plant Pathologist for Vegetables (primarily tomato) & Herbaceous Ornamentals, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology. She addresses disease issues for commercial vegetables & greenhouse growers by providing recommendations for disease prevention or suppression. Her program conducts research aimed at improving tools for managing disease.

Additionally, she has been providing a testing service for detecting several species of Tuber on trees for commercial orchard operators.…

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Claude Murat

Research Engineer

Dr. Murat is currently research engineer at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Nancy. Obtained a joint supervision PhD at the University of Nancy (France) and at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2004 defending a thesis on the truffle genetic diversity. He then spent four years at the University of Turin (2004-2008) with a post-doctoral fellowship working at a project focused on truffle phylogeny, evolution and barcoding.…

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Olivia Taylor

Past President & Secretary

Olivia Taylor has over 12 years experience in research, grower, and nursery operator. She holds degrees in Biology & a Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy.  Her research examined the relationship bettween introduced Tuber melanosporum & common Mid-Atlantic ectomycorrhizal fungi.

Olivia has participated in multiple overseas courses including truffle dog training in France, quantitative & qualitative truffle analysis in Spain, & a full truffle season in Manjimup, Australia.…