Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Miettinen, Otto
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Evolution of early-diverging basidiomycetes - diversity and wood decay in Pucciniomycotina
Beslutnr 315927
Beslutsdatum 29.05.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 487 238
Beskrivning av projektet
Fungal decomposition of wood plays a crucial role in carbon cycle and ecosystem functioning in terrestrial ecosystems. Despite their ecological importance, diversity and functioning of wood decay fungi are still poorly understood. This project focuses on mapping hidden biodiversity of wood-inhabiting Pucciniomycotina, putative wood-decaying relatives of rust fungi. It will describe new species and lineages of these fungi and explore genetic basis of their wood decay ability. Results have the potential to shape our definitions of fungal wood decay mechanisms. Improved understanding of systematics and wood decay mechanisms will benefit species conservation, basic research in different life sciences, and contribute to applied studies of wood degradation and new industrial uses of wood.