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White, Merlin [1].

Recent advances in and current opportunities for Gut Fungi research with reflections on the Trichomycetes.

Trichomycetes include a mix of fungal and protistan endosymbionts that have evolved in intimate associations with various arthropod hosts. Most typically observed as gut dwelling microorganisms, upon host dissection, many have been studied with both traditional and emerging methods over the last century and a half. A brief overview will be presented highlighting recent advances and our current understanding of the phylogeny of the members of this former class of organisms. Many questions and opportunities remain for further studies however. A perceived snapshot will be presented as opportunities offered for those (students and others) considering or interested in research in this area. As early-diverging symbiotic organisms they have much to reveal amidst the ongoing surge of knowledge possible with genomics research for example. The key will be to be integrative but also taking the logical next steps to incorporate and select tools that can still advance our knowledge of the group. It remains clear however that much is left to be discovered by the continued study of them.

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1 - Boise State University, Biological Sciences, 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID, 83725-1515, USA


Presentation Type: Offered Paper - Paper
Session: 8
Location: Room 103 AB/Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM
Number: 8005
Abstract ID:226
Candidate for Awards:None

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