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Advances in the Study of Neotropical Fungi

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The Neotropical biogeographic realm or Neotropic is considered a diversity hotspot for well-studied terrestrial taxa, such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals or plants; however, knowledge regarding fungal diversity and distributions is still scarce. During the last years, using morphological and ...

The Neotropical biogeographic realm or Neotropic is considered a diversity hotspot for well-studied terrestrial taxa, such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals or plants; however, knowledge regarding fungal diversity and distributions is still scarce. During the last years, using morphological and molecular approaches, new fungal species have been described but the presence of cryptic species or species complexes has frequently led to overestimated geographic distributions of certain taxa. This Research Topic welcomes outstanding contributions addressing the taxonomy, diversity, evolution, and biogeography of fungi in the Neotropics, as well as aspects related to fungal ecology.

We aim to gather Original Research and Review articles falling under, but not limited to:

- Fungal nomenclature

- Phylogenetic relationships species of neotropical genera

- Biogeography and species distribution

- Integrative taxonomic studies including morphological and molecular methods, as well as other approaches, such as environmental niche comparisons

- Asexual-Sexual morph connections and reexamination of species

- New technologies in genomics and proteomics used to identify new fungus species

- Interactions of fungus with other organisms


Keywords: biogeography, taxonomy, diversity, evolution, neotropical fungi


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