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Fungi

biotechnological workhorses and fascinating organisms

Filamentous fungi have multiple important functions in our ecosystem and in the global carbon cycle. Of them, ascomycetes of the genus Trichoderma are particularly interesting. Trichoderma reesei is a model organisms for plant cell wall degradation and highly relevant in industry as a producer of enzymes. These enzymes are important for biofuel and biogas production as well as for energy efficient chemical conversions. Hence, this fungus contributes to decarbonization and a more sustainable industry. However, other species of the genus are plant symbionts and protect important crops from devastating fungal diseases, an ecological function that becomes more and more important with a worldwide increasing population and the threat of increasing pollution with dangerous agrochemicals.

 

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Peer reviewed journals

Sabrina Beier, Wolfgang Hinterdobler, Alberto Alonso Monroy, Hoda Bazafkan and Schmoll Monika (2020) The kinase USK1 regulates cellulase gene expression and secondary metabolites in Trichoderma reesei; Frontiers in Microbiology, Research Topic: Fungal Genetics in Plant Biomass Conversion; manuscript accepted.

Sabrina Beier, Wolfgang Hinterdobler, Hoda Bazafkan, Lukas Schillinger and Monika Schmoll (2020) CLR1 and CLR2 are light dependent regulators of xylanase and pectinase genes in Trichoderma reesei. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 136:103315

 

Book chapters

Monika Schmoll and Susanne Zeilinger (2020) Resistance marker- and gene gun-mediated transformation of Trichoderma reesei. Methods in Molecular Biology, manuscript accepted

Wolfgang Hinterdobler, Sabrina Beier, Stefanie Kindel and Monika Schmoll (2020) Sexual development, its determinants and regulation in Trichoderma reesei. In: Recent Developments in Trichoderma Research; eds: Susanne Zeilinger, Irina Druzhinina, H. B. Singh and V. K. Gupta, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; manuscript accepted