Discovery of novel intermediate forms redefines the fungal tree of life

@article{Jones2011DiscoveryON,
  title={Discovery of novel intermediate forms redefines the fungal tree of life},
  author={Meredith D. M. Jones and Irene Forn and C. Gadelha and M. Egan and D. Bass and R. Massana and T. Richards},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={474},
  pages={200-203}
}
Fungi are the principal degraders of biomass in terrestrial ecosystems and establish important interactions with plants and animals. However, our current understanding of fungal evolutionary diversity is incomplete and is based upon species amenable to growth in culture. These culturable fungi are typically yeast or filamentous forms, bound by a rigid cell wall rich in chitin. Evolution of this body plan was thought critical for the success of the Fungi, enabling them to adapt to heterogeneous… Expand
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