Evolution of Reproductive Morphology in Leaf Endophytes

submitted by: JeffreyTownsend
The endophytic lifestyle has played an important role in the evolution of the morphology of reproductive structures (body) in one of the most problematic groups in fungal classification, the Leotiomycetes (Ascomycota). Mapping fungal morphologies to two groups in the Leiotiomycetes, the Rhytismatales and Hemiphacidiaceae reveals significant divergence in body size, shape and complexity. Mapping ecological roles to these taxa reveals that the groups include endophytic fungi living on leaves...
Authors: Zheng Wang, Peter R. Johnston, Zhu L. Yang, Jeffrey P. Townsend