Category communications

Communications Of The Acm


Fungi communicate with their own and related species as well as with non fungal organisms in a great variety of symbiotic interactions, particularly with bacteria, unicellular eukaryote, crops and insects by way of biochemicals of biotic origin. The biochemicals set off the fungal organism to react in a selected method, whereas if the identical chemical molecules are not part of biotic messages, they do not set off the fungal organism to react. This implies that fungal organisms can differentiate between molecules taking part in biotic messages and related molecules being irrelevant in the situation. So far five completely different major signalling molecules are known to coordinate different behavioral patterns corresponding to filamentation, mating, development, and pathogenicity...

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