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Press Release 12-117
Study on Fungi Evolution Answers Questions About Ancient Coal Formation and May Help Advance Future Biofuels Production

Study reveals the potentially large influences of fungi, one of the most biologically diverse classes of organisms, on our energy supplies

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Scanning electron micrograph of wood that has been decayed by white rot.

A scanning electron micrograph of wood that has been decayed by white rot. The white filaments of the fungi can be seen among the degraded wood cells. They produce a diverse array of enzymes that degrade the wood. The wood structure, including lignin and cellulose, has been largely destroyed by the fungus.

Credit: Robert A. Blanchette / Joel A. Jurgens, University of Minnesota


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Cover of the June 29, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the June 29, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2012


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