Toward genome-enabled mycology

Mycologia. 2013 Nov-Dec;105(6):1339-49. doi: 10.3852/13-196. Epub 2013 Aug 8.


Genome-enabled mycology is a rapidly expanding field that is characterized by the pervasive use of genome-scale data and associated computational tools in all aspects of fungal biology. Genome-enabled mycology is integrative and often requires teams of researchers with diverse skills in organismal mycology, bioinformatics and molecular biology. This issue of Mycologia presents the first complete fungal genomes in the history of the journal, reflecting the ongoing transformation of mycology into a genome-enabled science. Here, we consider the prospects for genome-enabled mycology and the technical and social challenges that will need to be overcome to grow the database of complete fungal genomes and enable all fungal biologists to make use of the new data.

Keywords: Polyporales; bioinformatics; fungi; genomics; phylogeny.

Publication types

  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic
  • Fungi / classification
  • Fungi / genetics*
  • Genome, Fungal*
  • Mycology
  • Phylogeny