Just Published: White paper on filamentous fungi in relation to human welfare and a sustainable bio-economy

Fungal cell factories are important for bulk manufacturing of organic acids, proteins, enzymes, secondary metabolites and active pharmaceutical ingredients in white and red biotechnology. In contrast, fungal pathogens kill more people than malaria or tuberculosis. Fungi are also significantly impacting on global food security, damaging global crop production, causing disease in domesticated animals, and spoiling an estimated 10 % of harvested crops. A number of challenges now need to be addressed to improve our strategies to control fungal pathogenicity and to optimise the use of fungi as sources for novel compounds. This white paper reports on the discussions of the EUROFUNG Think Tank meeting and the suggestions made for moving fungal bio(techno)logy forward.

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Fungal Biology and Biotechnology is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original scientific research and reviews covering all areas of fundamental and applied research which involve unicellular and multicellular fungi.

Tomorrow's world: leading scientists of the future

Meet Brian Lovett (University of Maryland, USA) Laura Coninx (Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium) and Robert Marschall (University of Münster). Brian, Laura and Robert are winners of Fungal Biology and Biotechnology's student prize 2016 for their work in the fields of applied genomics, xenobiotics and regulatory networks, respectively. They have given us insight into their work as well as some useful advice for students at the start of their careers.

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