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KPC Seminar

Inger Skrede, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Feb 09, 2022 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

This event will take place online via zoom. For access details please email kielplantcenter[at]

Fungal divergence and speciation – examples from wood decay fungi

A species is the basic biological unit of classifying nature. However, the biological process that has generated all species, called speciation, has mainly been studied in a few animal and plant groups. Far less is known about how species evolve in microorganisms, as fungi. Although the fungal kingdom is assumed to be one of the most species-rich eukaryotic groups, with wide economic and ecological importance, relatively little is known about how new fungal species arise. Fungi have several unique features in their life cycles and life history traits, with their long-lived haploid and dikaryotic phase, high dispersal ability, morphological simplicity and absence of obvious behaviour, thus they may differ from animals and plants in how they speciate and diverge. Fortunately, most fungal species have small genomes compared to other eukaryotic organism which provides a unique tool to study genome-wide phenomena. I will present recent results, where we use wood decay fungi as a models to understand fungal evolution. We use an integrative approach, by supporting genomic data with physiological experiments.

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