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Jeanne Mihail

Jeanne Mihail, Ph.D.

Division of Plant Pathology

110 Waters Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-0574

Fungi are influential members of forest communities. Most plants require beneficial mycorrhizal fungi to survive such as truffles (Tuber species). Other fungi recycle forest debris such as shi'itake (Lentinula edodes), oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus species), and the morels (Morchella species). There are also fungi such as the honey mushroom (Armillaria species) and the hen-of-the-woods (Grifola frondosa) which can begin recycling trees even before they die because they are parasites. Throughout my career, I have studied the ecology of fungi. My current research highlights the cultivation of the gourmet truffle fungi for agroforestry. I am also interested in the ecology of morel mushrooms with the goal of enhancing natural fruiting. Another important aspect of my research focuses on the ecology of forest fungi such as Armillaria species, with particular emphasis on their capacity to produce light, a process termed bioluminescence.


  • Bruhn, J.N., N. Abright, and J.D. Mihail. 2010. Forest farming of wine-capped Stropharia mush-rooms. Agroforestry Systems 79:267-275.
  • Bruhn, J.N., J.D. Mihail, and J.B. Pickens. 2009. Forest farming of shiitake mushrooms: An integrated evaluation of management
  • practices. Bioresource Technology 100:6472-6480.
  • Bruhn, J.N., and J.D. Mihail. 2009. Forest farming of shiitake mushrooms: Aspects of forced fruiting. Bioresource Technology 100:5973-5978.
  • Pruett, G.E., J.N. Bruhn, and J.D. Mihail. 2009. Greenhouse production of Burgundy truffle mycorrhizae on oak roots. New Forests 37:43-52.
  • Pruett, G.E., J.N. Bruhn, and J.D. Mihail. 2008. Temporal dynamics of ectomycorrhizal community composition on roots systems of oak seedlings infected with Burgundy truffle. Mycological Research 112(11): 1344-1354.
  • Pruett, G.E., J.N. Bruhn, and J.D. Mihail. 2008. Colonization of Pedunculate oak by the Burgundy truffle fungus is greater with natural than pelletized lime. Agroforestry Systems 72:41-50.
  • Mihail, J.D., J.N. Bruhn, and P.E. Bonello. 2007. Spatial and temporal patterns of morel fruit body production. Mycological Research 111:339-346.
  • Mihail, J.D., and J.N. Bruhn. 2007. Bioluminescence is widespread within the Kingdom Fungi. Opera Mycologica 1:28-33.
  • Mihail, J.D., and J.N. Bruhn. 2007. Temporal dynamics of bioluminescence of the fungi Armillaria gallica, A. mellea, and A. tabescens. Mycologia 99:341-350.
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