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最希望真菌列表编译指导真菌学家# 8217的研究成果

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Faced with the underwhelming speed at which the scientific community studies and describes fungi, a group of researches put together a list of the 50 “;Most Wanted Fungi”; —; and re-vamped the UNITE database to put the spotlight on the least-known strains。

Fungal diversity in the Amazon rainforest is a tantalizing field, where sequence data can make a big difference。 The photo is taken during soil sampling in a remote corner of the Amazon basin。
Image credits Camila Duarte Ritter。

Scientific literature has been doing a pretty poor job of studying fungi up to now, and given some of the spectacular things we’;ve seen them do or their uses, that is a huge loss on our part。 Millions of fungal strains are still to be described and a greater part of the fungal DNA sequences held by public databases cannot be reliably assigned to any known group。 We don’;t even know where many of them fit in the tree of life, who they’;re related to and how they evolved —; and if there’;s one thing scientists dread its not being able to categorize stuff。

Faced with this frustrating status quo, an international group of scientists led by Dr Henrik Nilsson from the University of Gothenburg has put together a search function in the UNITE database for molecular identification of fungi。 Their goal is to put the least-studied strains (the awesomely named “;50 Most Wanted Fungi”; list) into the spotlight, inviting the scientific community to determine their taxonomic affiliation; and, in the end, bridge the huge knowledge gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology。

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