Endophytic fungi exhibit complex interactions with their hosts. This fact has recently triggered several studies exploring their utilization as sources of novel bioactive natural products. Although the production of metabolites depends on several factors, fungi employ molecular pathways resulting in specific compounds. The products of these metabolic processes include important drugs such as penicillin and statins, and toxic substances such as aflatoxins (Keller et al., 2005).
Karst mountainous ecosystems are associated with karst rocky desertification (KRD), which can greatly impact soil structure and function. Despite the importance of soil microbes as a major factor maintaining ecosystem stability, we know little about the effect on soil fungal communities of KRD in karst regions. We investigated this relationship across a gradient of KRD soils from Guizhou, China by polymerase chain reaction and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE).
The filamentous fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa is a hemibiotrophic basidiomycete that causes witches’ broom disease of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.). Many fungal mitochondrial plasmids are DNA and RNA polymerase-encoding invertrons with terminal inverted repeats and 5'-linked proteins. The aim of this study was to carry out comparative and phylogenetic analyses of DNA and RNA polymerases for all known linear mitochondrial plasmids in fungi.
To date, research on laccases has mostly been focused on plant and fungal laccases and their current use in biotechnological applications. In contrast, little is known about laccases from plant pathogens, although recent rapid progress in whole genome sequencing of an increasing number of organisms has facilitated their identification and ascertainment of their origins.