The Fast-Evolving phy-2 Gene Modulates Sexual Development in Response to Light in the Model Fungus Neurospora crassa

  • Zheng Wang, Ning Li, Jigang Li, Jay C. Dunlap, Frances Trail, Jeffrey P. Townsend
  • mBio, March 2016, ASM Journals
  • DOI: 10.1128/mbio.02148-15

A traffic light for fungal sex

What is it about?

Phytochromes—well known in plant biology for their role in perceiving the red / far-red ratio and regulating plant growth in the presence of competing plants—function in N. crassa and likely other fungi to modulate sexual development. When wild type fungi see red, they don't engage in sexual development until later. It's like a stoplight!

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