Phylogenomics and evolution of secondary metabolism in plant-associated fungi

Joseph W. Spatafora, Kathryn E. Bushley

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Fungi produce a myriad of secondary metabolites, compounds that are not required for basic cellular processes, but are thought to be central to ecological functions. Genomic sequencing of fungi has revealed a greater diversity of secondary metabolism than previously realized, including novel taxonomic distributions of known compounds and uncharacterized gene clusters in well-studied organisms. Here we provide an overview of the major groups of metabolites, their ecological functions, the genetic systems that produce them, and the patterns and processes associated with evolutionary diversification of secondary metabolism in plant-associated filamentous ascomycetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

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