Thursday, 3 November 2016

New 'layer' of fungi exposed

In order to optimally utilise fungi, and to fight them when necessary, we require greater insight into the functions that they can perform. Researchers at TU Delft and Utrecht University have exposed a new layer of functional complexity in fungi. They published their findings in Nature Scientific Reports.

The researchers used Schizophyllum commune as a model for their study of the functional consequences of the products of alternative splicing in fungi. This gave them evidence indicating the presence of thousands of extra products -- more than any other fungus studied. These alternative products may function as important regulators for the processing of nutrients.

The reference is:

Thies Gehrmann, Jordi F. Pelkmans, Luis G. Lugones, Han A. B. W√∂sten, Thomas Abeel, Marcel J. T. Reinders.Schizophyllum commune has an extensive and functional alternative splicing repertoire. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 33640 DOI: 10.1038/srep33640

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle