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Diversity of litter decomposition strategies in mushroom forming fungi

Extensive genome sequencing and genomic comparisons have revealed the evolutionary connections between the two major types of wood decayers termed white-rot and brown-rot fungi. However, little is known about the functional and evolutionary connections between litter decomposers and wood decayers. In this project, we have sequenced in collaboration with SciLifeLab the genomes of seven litter decomposers from diverse habitats followed by a detailed comparison of the plant cell wall decomposition machinery between litter and wood decomposers. The consequences of learning more about the decomposition potential of litter decomposers is of imminent importance for understanding the evolution of these organisms and their role in soil and litter carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.

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