Genomic adaptation: a fungal perspective

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This month's Genome Watch focuses on the genome sequences of several fungal species with distinct and varied lifestyles. These range from a saprophytic existence in dung to symbiotic mycorrhizal associations with plant roots to parasitism of grain. Analyses of the genome sequences reveal how evolution has played a crucial part in shaping the genetic make-up of these fungi to enable them to thrive within their microenvironments.

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Figure 1: Fruiting bodies of Laccaria bicolor colonizing seedlings of Douglas fir.

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Entrez Genome Project

Fusarium graminearum

Laccaria bicolor

Neurospora crassa

Podospora anserina

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Trichoderma reesei

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