Functional genomics of fungal morphogenesis: Why work with fungi?



This page is thought for people who have not come across fungi much (apart, perhaps, from button mushrooms on their pizza) and who'd like to get a glimpse of where fungi occur or what they can do and why researchers are interested in them. The following list is by no means comprehensive, rather it shall arouse interest to do some further exploring of the fungal world. You can find some web pages with more information and/or pictures of fungi in the links section.

Fungi are a group of eukaryotes (organisms with nuclei in their cells) and have evolved parallel to animals. Fungi can be single cells (then they are usually called 'yeasts') or multicellular, in which case they can grow as filaments or 'hyphae' that form a 'mycelium'. Fungi occur in virtually all habitats, and the list below shows some ecologically or economically important or just interesting aspects of fungal biology.

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To see how fungi are related to other organisms and among each other, click on the picture.

Fungi as food or for food production

Fungal food contaminants

Fungi as drug producers

Pathogenic fungi

Mycorrhiza, lichens and endophytes

Lignin-degrading fungi

Fungi as model organisms to understand eukaryote biology