The fungus that came in from the cold: dry rot’s pre-adapted ability to invade buildings

@article{Balasundaram2017TheFT,
  title={The fungus that came in from the cold: dry rot’s pre-adapted ability to invade buildings},
  author={Sudhagar V. Balasundaram and J Hess and M B Durling and S C Moody and L Thorbek and Cinzia Progida and Kurt LaButti and Andrea L. Aerts and Kerrie W Barry and Igor V. Grigoriev and Lynne Boddy and N H{\"o}gberg and H{\aa}vard Kauserud and D C Eastwood and I Skrede},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
  year={2017},
  volume={12},
  pages={791-801}
}
Many organisms benefit from being pre-adapted to niches shaped by human activity, and have successfully invaded man-made habitats. One such species is the dry rot fungus Serpula lacrymans, which has a wide distribution in buildings in temperate and boreal regions, where it decomposes coniferous construction wood. Comparative genomic analyses and growth experiments using this species and its wild relatives revealed that S. lacrymans evolved a very effective brown rot decay compared to its wild… CONTINUE READING
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