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The last decade has revealed an unexpected fungal diversity associated with natural rocks, often collected in environments influenced by harsh climatic conditions. Yet the phylogenetic affiliations and the taxonomy of many of these extreme fungi, mainly within Dothideomycetes, the largest class of Ascomycota, have only partially been described. In the(More)
Ants in the tribe Attini (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) maintain a 50 million-year-old lifestyle of co-evolution with symbiotic basidiomycetous fungi which they cultivate as essential source of nutrition. However, other microorganisms have been reported from ant habitats indicating a higher diversity of consistently associated species than established to date.(More)
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