Exploring the Fascinating World of Fungal Symbioses

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Ecological Interactions of Fungi".

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Dear Colleagues,

Fungi are ubiquitous microorganisms spread in all environmental contexts on Earth. After having been directly isolated through conventional mycological methods from all sorts of both terrestrial and marine organisms, the recent development of investigations based on metagenomics analyses have demonstrated even higher pervasiveness and the outstanding diversity of mycobiomes associated with plants and animals. At the same time, insights into the biological and ecological assumptions of these associations have started being considered and investigated in more in depth, disclosing intriguing interactions and unpredictable relationships. This Special Issue of the Journal of Fungi aims to put together a collection of both research and review papers dealing with this fascinating subject, to promote the accumulation of novel knowledge on all kinds of symbioses involving fungi, as well as their possible applications in biotechnology.

Dr. Rosario Nicoletti
Prof. Dr. Beata Zimowska
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  • antagonism
  • mutualism
  • endophytes
  • mycorrhizae
  • mycobiomes
  • holobiont
  • biodiversity

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26 pages, 1865 KiB  
Cladosporium—Insect Relationships
by Rosario Nicoletti, Elia Russo and Andrea Becchimanzi
J. Fungi 2024, 10(1), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/jof10010078 - 19 Jan 2024
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The range of interactions between Cladosporium, a ubiquitous fungal genus, and insects, a class including about 60% of the animal species, is extremely diverse. The broad case history of antagonism and mutualism connecting Cladosporium and insects is reviewed in this paper based [...] Read more.
The range of interactions between Cladosporium, a ubiquitous fungal genus, and insects, a class including about 60% of the animal species, is extremely diverse. The broad case history of antagonism and mutualism connecting Cladosporium and insects is reviewed in this paper based on the examination of the available literature. Certain strains establish direct interactions with pests or beneficial insects or indirectly influence them through their endophytic development in plants. Entomopathogenicity is often connected to the production of toxic secondary metabolites, although there is a case where these compounds have been reported to favor pollinator attraction, suggesting an important role in angiosperm reproduction. Other relationships include mycophagy, which, on the other hand, may reflect an ecological advantage for these extremely adaptable fungi using insects as carriers for spreading in the environment. Several Cladosporium species colonize insect structures, such as galleries of ambrosia beetles, leaf rolls of attelabid weevils and galls formed by cecidomyid midges, playing a still uncertain symbiotic role. Finally, the occurrence of Cladosporium in the gut of several insect species has intriguing implications for pest management, also considering that some strains have proven to be able to degrade insecticides. These interactions especially deserve further investigation to understand the impact of these fungi on pest control measures and strategies to preserve beneficial insects. Full article
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