Category Archives: fungi

Vote for some Fungi in Open Tree of Life project

Consider voting for for some Fungi in the Open Tree of Life project. Pathogens, model systems, and any charismatic (or non-charismatic if like) organisms can be proposed to be included in a tree that will serve as teaching and communicating the tree of life.

[From Laura Katz]
Dear Colleagues,

We need your help creating a list of exemplar species from across the tree of life!

As our team works to build an open tree of life for the systematics community, we are also working on an educational version of the tree for the public. Our goal is to depict about 200 better-known (i.e. phylogenetically or otherwise important in some way (pathogen,
food source, etc.)) species from all three domains of life. The intended audience of this effort includes educators, students, and the public in general.

Please follow the link below to vote for your 5 best exemplars…

And please join the conversation through our website, email (, or twitter (@opentreeoflife).

Thank you!

Few fungi+host papers

Three papers on some cool fungi that interact with hosts and I recommend them for a good read.

One is coverage of by Ed Yong on rice blast (Magnaporthae orzyae) on paper from Nick Talbot and Gero Steinberg‘s lab on appressorium development in Science this week.

A paper from my lab on role of an expansion of copy number of a chitin-binding domain in the amphibian pathogen B. dendrobatidis.

New Scientist also provides a nice summary of tripartite symbiosis paper on Metarhizium, insects, and plants from Mike Bidochka’s lab.

The roundup of twittered updates for 2012-06-02

  • Excellent PLoS Pearl: "Hydrophobins—Unique Fungal Proteins" #
  • Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase Protects Histoplasma Yeast Cells from Host-Derived Oxidative Stress #
  • Global Analysis of the Evolution and Mechanism of Echinocandin Resistance in Candida glabrata #
  • LargeScale Gene Disruption M.oryzae Ids MC69,a Secreted Protein Req'd for Infection by Monocot & Dicot Fungal Pathogens #

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