Special Issue "(Functional-)Genomics and Bioinformatics in Fungal Plant Biomass Conversion"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Genomics, Genetics and Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 1125

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mao Peng
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Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, KNAW, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: bioinformatics; machine learning; omics analysis; plant biomass conversion; fungal biodiversity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In nature, fungi are the major degraders of plant biomass, and play a key role in the global carbon cycle. The crucial enzymes or genes involved in fungal plant biomass conversion (FPC) have been widely applied or shown tremendous potential in many industrials, such as biofuel, papers, textile and food. In recent decades, genomics, functional genomics and bioinformatics have became indispensable methods for facilitating the discovery of crucial genes/pathways involved in FPC, including novel degrading enzymes, sugar transporters, sugar metabolic genes, signalling pathways, transcriptional regulatory networks and fungal biodiversity. In this Special Issue, we would like to bring together the cutting-edge research employing (functional-) genomics approaches or developing novel bioinformatics methods to improve our understanding of fungal plant biomass conversion.

Dr. Mao Peng
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • fungal plant biomass conversion
  • bioinformatics
  • genomics
  • transcriptome
  • proteome
  • metabolome
  • signalling
  • regulatory network

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The Sugar Metabolic Model of Aspergillus niger Can Only Be Reliably Transferred to Fungi of Its Phylum
J. Fungi 2022, 8(12), 1315; https://doi.org/10.3390/jof8121315 - 17 Dec 2022
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Fungi play a critical role in the global carbon cycle by degrading plant polysaccharides to small sugars and metabolizing them as carbon and energy sources. We mapped the well-established sugar metabolic network of Aspergillus niger to five taxonomically distant species (Aspergillus nidulans [...] Read more.
Fungi play a critical role in the global carbon cycle by degrading plant polysaccharides to small sugars and metabolizing them as carbon and energy sources. We mapped the well-established sugar metabolic network of Aspergillus niger to five taxonomically distant species (Aspergillus nidulans, Penicillium subrubescens, Trichoderma reesei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium and Dichomitus squalens) using an orthology-based approach. The diversity of sugar metabolism correlates well with the taxonomic distance of the fungi. The pathways are highly conserved between the three studied Eurotiomycetes (A. niger, A. nidulans, P. subrubescens). A higher level of diversity was observed between the T. reesei and A. niger, and even more so for the two Basidiomycetes. These results were confirmed by integrative analysis of transcriptome, proteome and metabolome, as well as growth profiles of the fungi growing on the corresponding sugars. In conclusion, the establishment of sugar pathway models in different fungi revealed the diversity of fungal sugar conversion and provided a valuable resource for the community, which would facilitate rational metabolic engineering of these fungi as microbial cell factories. Full article
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