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Genome mining from fungarium specimens accelerates the mushroom tree of life

In their quest to help create a Fungal Tree of Life, scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have collaborated with colleagues in the UK and USA to successfully extract DNA, viable for whole genome sequencing, from preserved fungal specimens: the oldest of which was eight years old. The study’s use of pioneering DNA sequencing techniques has demonstrated the continued relevance of...
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How many different species are there in a packet of porcini mushrooms?

The Fungi Kingdom is enormously diverse yet vastly underdocumented – although some estimates range up to 10 million species, only about 100,000 species have been described. Mushrooms are one the most conspicuous and well known groups of Fungi and make up around 16,000 named species, but only a handful of these species are well documented. The race to describe and document fungi ...
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