College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Filamentous wood-degrading fungi are some of the largest and longest living organisms on Earth. Not only do these unique fungi decompose wood, our largest terrestrial pool of biotic carbon, they detoxify many contaminants and offer a model system for deconstructing plant biomass for conversion to products. The biology of these fungi is the focus for IonE resident fellow Jonathan Schilling.
An assistant professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Schilling explores how fungi degrade wood and the implications of wood degradation processes for environmental sustainability. Past and ongoing work of his research team includes improving understanding of forest microbial ecology, providing input to efforts to reduce waste by protecting wood products from degradation, and exploring how fungi might become allies in bioenergy production.
Schilling is using his appointment as an IonE resident fellow to extend his fundamental work on fungal biology to those studying forest ecology, forest management and biomass economics, and to bring context back to the lab from those working in areas such as the social sciences and economics.
See Schilling's faculty page for more info.