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Fungal Genet Biol. 2001 Mar;32(2):67-92.

Neurospora from natural populations: a global study.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-5020, USA.


This is a summary report on samples of conidiating Neurospora species collected over three decades, in many regions around the world, primarily from burned vegetation. The genus is ubiquitous in humid tropical and subtropical regions, but populations differ from region to region with regard to which species are present. The entire collection, >4600 cultures from 735 sites, is listed by geographical origin and species. Over 600 cultures from 78 sites have been added since the most recent report. Stocks have been deposited at the Fungal Genetics Stock Center. New cultures were crossed to testers for species identification; evident mixed cultures were separated into pure strains, which were identified individually. New techniques and special testers were used to analyze cultures previously listed without species identification. The discussion summarizes what has been learned about species and natural populations, describes laboratory investigations that have employed wild strains, and makes suggestions for future work.

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