Special Issue "Holistic Approaches for Reveling in Fungal Diversity"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Diversity and Culture Collections".

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Special Issue Editors

CESAM (Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar), Departamento de Biologia, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: mycology; systematics; taxonomy; phylogeny; chemotyping; mycotoxicology; food mycology; bioactive compounds
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1. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, UAR 2029, Station d’Ecologie Théorique et Expérimentale, 09200 Moulis, France
2. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Institut Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), UMR 7205, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, Université des Antilles, 75241 Paris, France
Interests: genotype-phenotype interactions; phenotypic diversity; sexual selection; metapopulation biology; dispersal; migration; adaptive radiation; coevolution
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The fungi kingdom has approximately 140,000 species and is the one of the biggest eukaryotic kingdoms in terms of known species abundance and diversity. This kingdom includes yeasts, rusts, smuts, mildews, molds, and mushrooms. The arrival of molecular biology has helped toward fungal species delimitation and identification. Despite the prevalence of DNA-based fungal taxonomy, other approaches can also be an important strategy to achieve a more in-depth understanding of the true scale of fungal diversity, something which is currently lacking.

In the case of fungi, due to the assortment of different methodologies in fungal diversity, the best method will depend on the group studied and on the researcher.

Thus, this Special Issue will provide an opportunity to highlight new research on different facets of diversity, such as, genetic, evolutional, metabolic, biogeographical, ecological, or conservation in taxa or communities. We encourage authors to contribute articles, reviews, or short communications that use holistic (integrative) approaches where non-molecular and molecular methods are used together to reveal fungal diversity.

Dr. Liliana Santos
Prof. Dr. Michel Baguette
Guest Editors

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  • phylogeny
  • taxonomy
  • ecology
  • conservation
  • biogeography
  • evolution
  • metabolites

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Factors in the Distribution of Mycorrhizal and Soil Fungi
Diversity 2022, 14(12), 1122; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14121122 - 15 Dec 2022
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Soil fungi are crucial microorganisms in the functioning of ecosystems. They shape the soil properties, facilitate nutrient circulation, and assist with plant growth. However, their biogeography and distribution studies are limited compared to other groups of organisms. This review aims to provide an [...] Read more.
Soil fungi are crucial microorganisms in the functioning of ecosystems. They shape the soil properties, facilitate nutrient circulation, and assist with plant growth. However, their biogeography and distribution studies are limited compared to other groups of organisms. This review aims to provide an overview of the main factors shaping the spatial distribution of soil fungi (with a special focus on mycorrhizal fungi). The review also tries to identify the field frontier where further studies are needed. The main drivers of soil fungal distribution were classified and reviewed into three groups: soil properties, plant interactions, and dispersal vectors. It was apparent that ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular fungi are relatively overrepresented in the body of research, while the other mycorrhiza types and endophytes were grossly omitted. Notwithstanding, soil pH and the share of ectomycorrhizal plants in the plant coverage were repeatedly reported as strong predictors of mycorrhizal fungal distribution. Dispersal potential and vector preferences show more variation among fungi, especially when considering long-distance dispersal. Additionally, special attention was given to the applications of the island biogeography theory to soil fungal assemblages. This theory proves to be a very efficient framework for analyzing and understanding not only the soil fungal communities of real islands but even more effective islands, i.e., isolated habitats, such as patches of trees discontinuous from more enormous forests. Full article
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