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Research Project: Novel Methods for Controlling Trichothecene Contamination of Grain and Improving the Climate Resilience of Food Safety and Security Programs

Location: Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research

Title: Stop and smell the fungi: Fungal volatile metabolites are overlooked signals involved in fungal interaction with plants

Author
item Li, Ningxiao - Pennsylvania State University
item Alfiky, Alsayed - Pennsylvania State University
item Vaughan, Martha
item Kang, Seogchan - Pennsylvania State University

Submitted to: Fungal Biology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/14/2016
Publication Date: 7/27/2016
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/5248301
Citation: Li, N., Alfiky, A., Vaughan, M.M., Kang, S. 2016. Stop and smell the fungi: Fungal volatile metabolites are overlooked signals involved in fungal interaction with plants. Fungal Biology Reviews. 30(3):134-144.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Diverse fungi are intimately associated with plants, and molecules secreted from both the plant and fungal sides play critical roles in the establishment of their associations and resulting effects on plant growth and health. Through evolutionary arms races and strategic alliances with plants, fungi, and other microbes have invented a bewildering array of secreted molecules to parasitize or communicate with plants. Research empowered by omics data and tools has greatly advanced understanding of the nature, role, and mechanism of action of many secreted fungal proteins that affect plants directly or indirectly. However, available information about fungal volatile metabolites with similar functions is quite limited. Through this review, we aim to stimulate expeditions to this vastly under-explored frontier of fungal chemical ecology.