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Fungal Genet Biol. 1999 Jul-Aug;27(2-3):134-45.

Fungi in their own right.

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  • 1Department of Plant Biology, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen, Biological Center University of Groningen, Kerklaan 30, Haren, 9751 NN, The Netherlands.


Although fungi have contributed tremendously to understanding biological phenomena common to all eukaryotic organisms, some of their properties testify as to their uniqueness. Among these are growth by apical extension of hyphae, the manufacture of hydrophobins for emergence into the air, and the possession of an extended somatic heterokaryon in basidiomycetes. This justifies studies on the molecular basis of development aimed particularly at this group of organisms, which are of great importance to life on earth and human society.

Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

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