Laszlo’s Armillaria genome paper covered in NYT

Our former lab member Laszlo Nagy is senior author on a new publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution, “Genome expansion and lineage-specific genetic innovations in the forest pathogenic fungi Armillaria”. The study reports genomes of four species of Armillaria and includes transcriptomic analyses of rhizomorphs, the key morphological feature that enable these fungi to explore the forest floor and become humongous. This story was covered in the New York Times—always good to see real mycology making into the mainstream media. Congratulations Laszlo et al.!

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Fig. 2 from Sipos et al. 2017.

Sipos, G., Prasanna, AN., Walter, MC., O’Connor, E., Bálint, B., Krizsán, K., Kiss, B., Hess, J., Varga, T., Slot, J., Riley, R., Bóka, B., Rigling, D., Barry, K., Lee, J., Mihaltcheva, S., LaButti, K., Lipzen, A., Waldron, R., Moloney, NM., Sperisen, C., Kredics, L., Vágvölgyi, C., Patrignani, A., Fitzpatrick, D., Nagy, I., Doyle, S., Anderson, J., Grigoriev, IV., Güldener, U., Münsterkötter, M., Nagy, GL. Genome expansion and lineage-specific genetic innovations in the forest pathogenic fungi Armillaria. Nature Ecology and Evolution doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0347-8 Published online: 30 October 2017

The Humongous Fungus and the Genes That Made It That Way. Trilobites by Joanna Klein. New York Times Science section Nov. 3, 2017

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