Future of fungal genomics for energy and the environment
Grigoriev, Igor V. United States Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, California.
- Genomic Encyclopedia of Fungi for Energy and Environment
- 1000 Fungal Genomes
- Functional genomics of fungal systems
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Fungi are very important with regard to the economy and ecology. They decompose dead organic matter and recycle nutrients in various ecosystems, including soil. Some fungi, such as mushrooms and yeasts, are used for food and medicine. Others can cause human and plant diseases. More than a million species in the kingdom Fungi cover more than a billion years of evolutionary history. The evolutionary innovations encoded in their genomes can be deciphered using genomics.
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