How a fungus escapes the water to grow into the air

  title={How a fungus escapes the water to grow into the air},
  author={H. A. B. W{\"o}sten and M. V. Wetter and L. Lugones and H. C. Mei and H. J. Busscher and J. G. H. Wessels},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • H. A. B. Wösten, M. V. Wetter, +3 authors J. G. H. Wessels
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • Fungi are well known to the casual observer for producing water-repelling aerial moulds and elaborate fruiting bodies such as mushrooms and polypores. [...] Key Result The large drop in surface tension (from 72 to 24 mJ m-2) results from self-assembly of a secreted hydrophobin (SC3) into a stable amphipathic protein film at the water-air interface. Other, but not all, surface-active molecules (that is, other class I hydrophobins and streptofactin from Streptomyces tendae) can substitute for SC3 in the medium…Expand Abstract
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