Osmotic adaptation of the halophilic fungus Hortaea werneckii: role of osmolytes and melanization.

  title={Osmotic adaptation of the halophilic fungus Hortaea werneckii: role of osmolytes and melanization.},
  author={Tina Kogej and Marlene Stein and Marc Volkmann and Anna A. Gorbushina and Erwin A. Galinski and Nina Gunde-Cimerman},
  volume={153 Pt 12},
This study was intended to determine the osmoadaptation strategy of Hortaea werneckii, an extremely salt-tolerant melanized ascomycetous fungus that can grow at 0-5.1 M NaCl. It has been shown previously that glycerol is the major compatible solute in actively growing H. werneckii. This study showed that the exponentially growing cells also contained erythritol, arabitol and mannitol at optimal growth salinities, but only glycerol and erythritol at maximal salinities. The latter two were both… 

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