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Curr Genet. 2015 Aug;61(3):275-88. doi: 10.1007/s00294-014-0451-0. Epub 2014 Oct 17.

Fungal photobiology: visible light as a signal for stress, space and time.

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Department of Genetics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, 03755, USA, kevin.fuller@dartmouth.edu.

Abstract

Visible light is an important source of energy and information for much of life on this planet. Though fungi are neither photosynthetic nor capable of observing adjacent objects, it is estimated that the majority of fungal species display some form of light response, ranging from developmental decision-making to metabolic reprogramming to pathogenesis. As such, advances in our understanding of fungal photobiology will likely reach the broad fields impacted by these organisms, including agriculture, industry and medicine. In this review, we will first describe the mechanisms by which fungi sense light and then discuss the selective advantages likely imparted by their ability to do so.

PMID:
25323429
PMCID:
PMC4401583
DOI:
10.1007/s00294-014-0451-0
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