Fungal Mating in the Most Widespread Plant Symbionts?

@article{Corradi2017FungalMI,
  title={Fungal Mating in the Most Widespread Plant Symbionts?},
  author={Nicolas Corradi and Andreas Brachmann},
  journal={Trends in plant science},
  year={2017},
  volume={22 2},
  pages={175-183}
}
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are relevant plant symbionts whose hyphae and spores carry hundreds of coexisting nuclei with supposedly divergent genomes but no sign of sexual reproduction. This unusual biology suggested that conventional fungal mating is not amendable to optimize strains for plant growth, but recent evidence of sexual-related nuclear inheritance in these organisms is now challenging this widespread notion. Here, we outline our knowledge of AMF genetics within a historical… CONTINUE READING
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