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DOI: 10.1016/s1874-5334(05)80002-4
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  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Medicine

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Publisher Summary The book Applied Mycology and Biotechnology, volume 5 focuses on fungal genomics. It was just five years ago that the community of fungal biologists bemoaned the fact that numerous bacterial genomes, as well as yeast, mouse, and human genomes, were being completed, but the study of genomes from filamentous fungi was lagging far behind. The scientific community is attempting to choose the most informative organisms to sequence from the more than 1.5 million fungal species. Their decisions are justifiably based on the fungi that present serious threats to human health, serve as important model organisms in biomedical research, exhibit unique or diverse natural capabilities, play critical roles in natural environmental processes, and provide a wide range of evolutionary comparisons at key branch points in the 1 billion years spanned by the fungal evolutionary tree.

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