Lucia Muggia


Lucia Muggia 

University of Trieste (Italy)


Personal culture collection hosted at the University of Graz, Institute of Biology.



Her main focus  is the isolation and identification of black fungi from lichen thalli. In particular I have isolated numerous, black fungi belonging to the classes Chaetothyriomycetes and Dothideomycetes, and identified new lineages, demonstrating their close phylogenetic relationships with taxa having different life styles and coming from diverse ecological niches. One of the genera which have been investigated in detail is Lichenothelia, which is known to be lichen parasite but also to form loose lichen-like associations with lichen photobionts and rock-inhabiting algae in nature and in in vitro experiments.