Thursday, May 12, 2011

Crytptomycota - a new kingdom

The evolutionary tree of fungi grows a new branch

Fungi found in UK pond could be part of a previously undiscovered — and extremely diverse — phylum.

When a research team started analysing the genetics of microorganisms from their university pond, they might have expected to find a couple of new species. Instead, they discovered a group of fungi that could double the size of that biological kingdom.

Nature news report here and the actual article, Discovery of novel intermediate forms redefines the fungal tree of life, here.

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