Toh and Perlin highlight advances in our understanding of smut fungi, with an emphasis on recent studies of fungi that traditionally have been less studied, such as the anther smut fungus, Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae. These fungi are examined both from a historical perspective and in terms of new developments in their genomic sequencing and transcriptome status. These new genetic analyses are expected to yield fresh insights into the ecology and evolution of these phytopathogenic fungi. Open access for a limited time.
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