Niche engineering demonstrates a latent capacity for fungal-algal mutualism

  title={Niche engineering demonstrates a latent capacity for fungal-algal mutualism},
  author={Erik F Y Hom and Andrew W. Murray},
Mutualistic symbioses shape the evolution of species and ecosystems and catalyze the emergence of biological complexity, yet how such symbioses first form is unclear. We show that an obligate mutualism between the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii—two model eukaryotes with very different life histories—can arise spontaneously in an environment requiring reciprocal carbon and nitrogen exchange. This capacity for mutualism is phylogenetically broad, extending… CONTINUE READING
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