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    Author(s): F. Martin; D. Cullen; D. Hibbett; A. Pisabarro; J.W. Spatafora; S.E. Baker; I.V. Grigoriev
    Date: 2011
    Source: New phytologist. Vol. 190, no. 4 (June 2011): p. 818-821.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    Description

    Terrestrial ecosystems host a complex array of interacting communities, with thousands of species of animals, plants, fungi and bacteria. In soils, this complex web of life is responsible for the cycling of carbon (C), for water and nutrients, for soil quality and for plant nutrition and health. To predict future changes of these threatened ecosystems and to fully grasp the biological and chemical workings of these complex interactions, one must not only regard organisms as individuals but also as members of a larger community, considering the interplay and communication between individuals within these entangled populations, that is, their extended phenotype (Whitham et al., 2008). One emerging model for such studies is the interaction between soil-borne fungi and plant communities.

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    Citation

    Martin, F.; Cullen, D.; Hibbett, D.; Pisabarro, A.; Spatafora, J.W.; Baker, S.E.; Grigoriev, I.V. 2011. Sequencing the fungal tree of life. New phytologist. Vol. 190, no. 4 (June 2011): p. 818-821.

    Keywords

    Fungi, genetics, genomes, molecular genetics, nucleotide sequence, genetic code, soil fungi, genetic transcription, mycorrhizal fungi, mycorrhizas, symbiosis, phytopathogenic fungi, pathogenic fungi, fungi ecology, fungal communities, genetic analysis, saprotrophic fungi

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