Melting the Species Iceberg: Phylogeny of fungi of the Ceratostomella complex and integration of anamorphs into fungal systematics

Name: Melting the Species Iceberg: Phylogeny of fungi of the Ceratostomella complex and integration of anamorphs into fungal systematics
Researchers: Réblová Martina (researcher)
Project Type: B - national grants (GA ČR, GA AVČR)
Realization from: 2012
Realization to: 2016
Summary: This proposal focuses on a molecular-systematic study of fungi classified in the Ceratostomella complex and addresses the long-standing problem of integrating hyphomycetous anamorphs into the main framework of teleomorph-based fungal systematics. We propose to initiate studies that, in the long term, will result in a phylogenetically rational classification of fungi of the Ceratostomella complex. The research foresees a polyphasic study with multidisciplinary approaches, e.g. of bioinformatics, architecture of 2D elements of rRNA with emphasis on in vitro experiments. Besides deepening of our understanding of emerging phylogenetic classification and pleomorphism of microscopic fungi, the project will contribute to the development of novel methodologies in structural phylogenetics to construct and interpret phylogeny-based taxonomies. We seek to build a multigene-based phylogeny of 5 genes to resolve familial and ordinal relationships within the complex. We demonstrate a need for training fungal taxonomists who may contribute documenting all organisms on Earth.

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