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Letter - Peer-reviewed, 2015

Fungal stress biology: a preface to the Fungal Stress Responses special edition

Rangel, Drauzio E. N.; Alene, Alder-Rangel; Dadachova, Ekaterina; Finlay, Roger; Kupiec, Martin; Dijksterhuis, Jan; Braga, Gilberto U. L.; Corrochano, Luis M.; Hallsworth, John E.


There is currently an urgent need to increase global food security, reverse the trends of increasing cancer rates, protect environmental health, and mitigate climate change. Toward these ends, it is imperative to improve soil health and crop productivity, reduce food spoilage, reduce pesticide usage by increasing the use of biological control, optimize bioremediation of polluted sites, and generate energy from sustainable sources such as biofuels. This review focuses on fungi that can help provide solutions to such problems. We discuss key aspects of fungal stress biology in the context of the papers published in this Special Issue of Current Genetics. This area of biology has relevance to pure and applied research on fungal (and indeed other) systems, including biological control of insect pests, roles of saprotrophic fungi in agriculture and forestry, mycotoxin contamination of the food-supply chain, optimization of microbial fermentations including those used for bioethanol production, plant pathology, the limits of life on Earth, and astrobiology.


Acid, alkali, chaotrope, ethanol, heat, hypoxic, osmotic, and salt stress; Aspergillus wentii; Astrobiology; Beauveria bassiana; Biofuels; Cochliobolus heterostrophus; Compatible solutes; Cryomyces antarcticus; Entomopathogenic fungi; Erythritol and mannitol; Fusarium graminearum; Hortaea werneckii; Metarhizium robertsii; Neurospora crassa; Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Trehalose; Trichoderma atroviride; UV-B radiation tolerance

Published in

Current Genetics
2015, volume: 61, number: 3, pages: 231-238
Publisher: Springer

Authors' information

Rangel, Drauzio E. N.
University of Paraíba Valley
Alene, Alder-Rangel
University of Paraíba Valley
Dadachova, Ekaterina
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Mycology and Pathology
Kupiec, Martin
Tel Aviv University
Dijksterhuis, Jan
CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre
Braga, Gilberto U. L.
University of Sao Paulo
Corrochano, Luis M.
University of Seville
Hallsworth, John E.
Queen's University Belfast

Associated SLU-program

SLU Network Plant Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG2 Zero hunger
SDG7 Affordable and clean energy
SDG13 Climate action
SDG15 Life on land

UKÄ Subject classification

Plant Biotechnology
Agricultural Science
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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