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Keith Seifert

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (Waterlo), M.Sc. (UBC), Ph.D. (Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht)
Office:Ottawa Research and Development Centre
Biodiversity (Mycology and Microbiology)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0C6
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

I am a mycologist, specializing in the taxonomy of the asexual fungi known as Hyphomycetes, especially genera such as Fusarium and Penicillium that produce mycotoxins. My work involves the collection and culturing of fungi from agricultural and other ecosystems (such as forests or the indoor environment), microscopy, DNA-based phylogenetics, the description of new species and genera, and the development of identification systems that can be used by other people scientists, based on either DNA or microscopy. In recent years, I have been very active in fungal DNA barcoding, which has led to a growing interest in environmental metagenomics and fungal genomics. My research contributes to the Canadian National Mycological Herbarium and the Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures.

Selected Publications

Seifert, K.A., De Beer, Z.W., and Wingfield, M.J. (2013). Ophiostomatoid Fungi: Expanding Frontiers. CBS Biodiversity Series 12, The Netherlands: CBS Fungal Diversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands. (Book)

Schoch, C.L., Seifert, K.A., Huhndorf, S.M., Robert, V.A., Spouge, J.L., Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., and Fungal Barcoding Consortium, (2012). Nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region as a universal DNA barcode marker for Fungi., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 109(16), pp. 6241-6246. doi : 10.1073/pnas.1117018109

Seifert, K.A., Morgan-Jones, G.A., Gams, W., and Kendrick, B. (Eds.) (2011). The Genera of Hyphomycetes. CBS Biodiversity Series 10., CBS Fungal Diversity Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands. 997 pp.

Gräfenhan, T., Schroers, H.-J., Nirenberg, H.I., and Seifert, K.A. (2011). An overview of the taxonomy, phylogeny, and typification of nectriaceous fungi in Cosmospora, Acremonium, Fusarium, Stilbella, and Volutella., Studies in Mycology, 68(1), pp. 79-113. doi : 10.3114/sim.2011.68.04

Amend, A.S., Seifert, K.A., Samson, R.A., and Bruns, T.D. (2010). Indoor fungal composition is geographically patterned and more diverse in temperate zones than in the tropics., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 107(31), pp. 13748-13753. doi : 10.1073/pnas.1000454107