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Key genes for symbiosis between mycorrhiza fungi and trees evolved several times


February 24, 2015

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The lifestyle of ectomycorrhiza fungi is some 100 million years younger than the one of their ancestors within white and brown rot fungi. The key genome adaptation enabling fungi to associate roots for establishing a symbiosis evolved repeatedly amount of time. This conclusion was drawn by an international team of researchers who performed the first comprehensive comparative phylogenomic analysis on mycorrhiza fungi, now appearing in the scientific journal Nature Genetics.Full Story

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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

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