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Genome Of The Button Mushroom Sequenced
2012-10-09 05:30:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Occupying a prominent place in our diet and grocery stores, the button mushroom boasts a multibillion-dollar niche. In nature, the same mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, is known to decay leaf matter on the forest floor. A new study, led by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), has determined the complete gene sequence of A. bisporus. Published...

Ancestral Fungus May Have Influenced Coal Formation
2012-07-01 10:03:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that the evolution of a fungus known as white rot may have ended a 60-million-year-long period responsible for coal deposition. Coal deposits that occurred because of the Carboniferous Period, which ended about 300 million years ago, have fueled about 50 percent of U.S. electric power generation as recently as 2010. The research, presented online in the June 29 edition of Science, points to the evolution of...

2012-03-24 03:25:57

Without fungi and microbes to break down dead trees and leaf litter in nature, the forest floor might look like a scene from TV's "Hoarders." Massive-scale genome sequencing projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and being carried out at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) highlight the importance of learning how the cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin that serve as a plant's infrastructure can be broken down by these forest organisms to extract needed nutrients. Among...

2012-01-11 15:35:38

A Kansas State University graduate student sees the unpaved road ahead, and it's filled with biomaterial. Wilson Smith, master's student in civil engineering, Independence, Mo., is working with lignin, a plant-based sustainable material that can be added to improve the quality of unpaved roads throughout Kansas. More than 70 percent of the 98,000 miles of roads in Kansas are unpaved, Smith said. "One of the problems with unpaved roads is that they are made from loose granular soils...


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