- The Cornell Center for Fungal
Biology (CCFB) promotes the study of fungi (and their allies).
Fungi have become increasingly prominent as models for the study
of fundamental processes in eukaryotic cells and as major contributors
to biomass and biodiversity. They are vital to the biotechnology
industry (e.g. production of food, industrial enzymes, pharmaceuticals,
and industrial chemicals), detrimental to plant productivity,
and increasingly important to human health (e.g. opportunistic
infections of immunocompromised patients). Fungi are also heavily
exploited as agents for biocontrol and bioremediation. Cornell
acknowledged the environmental and industrial impacts of the
fungi by establishing in 1995 the Cornell Center for Fungal Biology
to coordinate activities of fungal biologists on campus. The
university has a wealth of expertise housed in eight academic
units as well as the USDA/ARS and the Boyce Thompson Institute.