Special Issue "Symbiotic Fungal Communities: Biotechnological Values, Molecular Advances, Challenges, and the Path Ahead"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 June 2023) | Viewed by 273

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, 50090 Tartu, Estonia
Interests: microbial ecology; symbiotic fungi; fungal ecology; stress resistance; climate change
College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Interests: fungal diversity; phytopathology; parasitic fungi; lichens; sustainable agriculture
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Pampa/ UNIPAMPA, Campus São Gabriel, São Gabriel 97300-000, RS, Brazil
Interests: Basidiomycota taxonomy; Agaricomycetes; ecology; plant /fungi relationship; climatic change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symbiotic fungi play a substantial role in both natural and managed ecosystems. Almost all plants form at least one sort of symbiosis with either mycorrhizal or endophytic fungi. All of the well-balanced symbioses in lichens contain important fungal components. Such symbiotic relationships benefit both fungi and their mutualistic partners while having a great impact on ecosystem functioning. The existing research on symbiotic fungi is impressive, and thousands of new species are discovered and studied yearly. Molecular advances and new technologies have helped the scientific community to better understand the role of symbiotic fungi in various ecosystem-wide processes. Many commercial companies have developed fungi-based products to boost plant growth, especially in agricultural lands. However, there are still challenges to overcome, especially regarding the benefits of such fungi and using them to our benefit as biotechnological tools. The majority of the existing literature focuses on mycorrhizal fungi while the research on the benefits of fungal endophytes and lichens is still developing. This gap is even wider when it comes to molecular studies of the mechanisms behind the beneficial role of such fungi. In this Special Issue we invite manuscripts that dive deeper into the molecular aspects of symbiotic fungi and their beneficial roles for their hosts’ health and growth, especially under stressful conditions. Papers that focus on the link between such fungi and other global issues, such as biogeochemical cycles, are of interest. We encourage the submission of papers that not only focus on the biotechnological benefits of a single species, but also consider fungal communities and their possible utilization as tools.

Dr. Niloufar Hagh-Doust
Dr. Yuan-Min Shen
Dr. Jair Putzke
Guest Editors

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  • symbiotic fungi
  • endophytic fungi
  • mycorrhizal fungi
  • lichens
  • biogeochemical cycles
  • stress resistance
  • growth promotion

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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