Press release issued 9 October 2012
Adaptable Button Mushroom Serves Up Biomass-Degrading Genes Critical to Managing the Planet’s Carbon Stores
In particular, new work shows how its genes are actually deployed not only in leaf decay but also wood decay and in the development of fruiting bodies (the above ground part of the mushroom harvested for food). The work also suggests how such processes have major implications for forest carbon management. The analysis of the inner workings of the world’s most cultivated mushroom was published online the week of October 8 in the journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in collaboration with two-dozen institutions, including Bristol, led by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI)
“The true magic of these mushrooms is now being revealed,” said Prof Gary Foster, “And we are very pleased to see our involvement and hard work in developing the BBSRC-funded Basidio Molecular Toolkit, which allows analysis of the mushroom genes, being recognised within the paper.”
Dr Bailey added “this information is likely to be very useful in breeding new varieties of mushroom that are more resistant to disease, which is a major threat to the economics of mushroom farming, or with improved characteristics such as longer shelf-life”.
Further information available from the DOE Joint Genome Institute website.
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Image of a button mushroom
The true magic of these mushrooms is now being revealed, and we are very pleased to see our involvement and hard work in developing the Basidio Molecular Toolkit, which allows analysis of the mushroom genes, being recognised within the paper.