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Fungal Genomes and Beyond

The sequencing of fungal genomes is advancing at breakneck-speed, producing voluminous amounts of data. Within the next five years, it is possible that over a couple thousand genomes, representing every major fungal family will be completed and available to the scientific community. In order for this data to have a truly transformative effect on mycological and other research, however, several factors need to be addressed. These include; the establishment of user friendly platforms for examining, sorting, and sifting through the genomes, integration, or at least cross-communication, between the various databases that house the genomic data, and investment in community resources that can act as repositories for and provide materials to researchers, i.e. strains, clones, plasmids, etc. The frameworks for some these needs, e.g. the materials available from the Fungal Genetics Stock Center (FGSC, University of Missouri), are already established and should be reinforced, whereas for others, e.g. data accessibility, the sooner that a plan can be implemented the better.

Citation: Keyhani NO (2011) Fungal Genomes and Beyond. Fungal Genom Biol 1:e101. doi: 10.4172/2165-8056.1000e101

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