Fungal evolution

Fungal evolution refers to the heritable genetic changes that a fungus accumulates during its life time, which can arise from adaptations in response to environmental changes or the immune response of the host. Because of their short generation times and large population sizes, fungi can evolve rapidly.

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  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports the discovery of human-pathogenic filamentous Aspergillus latus allodiploid hybrids that are phenotypically distinct from the parental species.

    • Ashley York
  • News & Views |

    Computational analysis of fungal genomes revealed that some early-branching fungi use selenocysteine, the selenium-containing amino acid, that was thought to be missing from proteins in this lineage.

    • Sergi Castellano
    Nature Microbiology 4, 726-727
  • News & Views |

    A secreted effector from the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis has evolved to acquire a new function that contributes to the unique lifestyle of this species, highlighting the utility of using comparative genetic analyses to address current questions in plant–microorganism interactions.

    • Erin K. Zess
    • , Aleksandra Białas
    •  & Sophien Kamoun
    Nature Microbiology 4, 210-211
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports the experimental evolution of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans into a non-pathogenic commensal that provides resistance against other pathogens.

    • Ashley York