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Abstract Submission Deadline 15 September 2022
Manuscript Submission Deadline 15 December 2022

Fungi are a group of microorganisms that decompose dead bodies in the forestry and elsewhere; attack living organisms including animals and plants as pathogens (clinic and agriculture) or mutualize with other species as symbionts or endophytes. Many fungal species provide important genetic and metabolite resources for our industry, agriculture, medicine, and ecological equilibrium. How an individual fungus struggles to fulfill its mission in nature? And what is its relationship to the other fungi? This remains a mystery. There are an estimated 2.2-3.8 million fungal species worldwide, with more than 92 percent of them still unknown. Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes are the two main phyla of fungi with the largest number of species. However, the knowledge of both phyla stays significantly missing and awaiting further research. Some of them are similar in morphology but have a far phylogenetic relationship, while others are closely related but have great morphological differences.

With the appearance of more morphological and molecular evidence of fungal species, many previously incorrectly identified taxonomies of species can be corrected. In particular, multi-gene phylogeny can obtain more stable phylogenetic relationships than that of a single gene. On the other hand, many invisible novel species previously unidentified by morphological studies are increasingly being discovered through molecular evidence. Therefore, research on fungal diversity based on morphological and multi-gene phylogenetic evidence is of great significance. In this Research Topic, we would like to discover more novel species of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes, focusing on their taxonomy and phylogeny, as well as the genetic and molecular characterization of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes fungi and their interaction with the host species.

In this Research Topic, we encourage the submission of manuscripts on the fungal diversity of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes, and provide valuable insight to the scientific community, ranging from the micro to macro scale. Original Research and Reviews on the following subjects are encouraged, but not limited to:
- Phylogenetic and taxonomic studies of fungal diversity of Ascomycetes as well as Basidiomycetes
- Genetic and molecular characterization of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes as fungal pathogens and their interaction with host species
- Genetic and molecular characterization of endophytes fungal species and their interaction with host species
- Genomic and metagenomic studies of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes species

Keywords: Phylogenomics, Fungal Diversity, Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Macrofungi, Microfungi, Fungal Disease, Endophytic Fungi


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Fungi are a group of microorganisms that decompose dead bodies in the forestry and elsewhere; attack living organisms including animals and plants as pathogens (clinic and agriculture) or mutualize with other species as symbionts or endophytes. Many fungal species provide important genetic and metabolite resources for our industry, agriculture, medicine, and ecological equilibrium. How an individual fungus struggles to fulfill its mission in nature? And what is its relationship to the other fungi? This remains a mystery. There are an estimated 2.2-3.8 million fungal species worldwide, with more than 92 percent of them still unknown. Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes are the two main phyla of fungi with the largest number of species. However, the knowledge of both phyla stays significantly missing and awaiting further research. Some of them are similar in morphology but have a far phylogenetic relationship, while others are closely related but have great morphological differences.

With the appearance of more morphological and molecular evidence of fungal species, many previously incorrectly identified taxonomies of species can be corrected. In particular, multi-gene phylogeny can obtain more stable phylogenetic relationships than that of a single gene. On the other hand, many invisible novel species previously unidentified by morphological studies are increasingly being discovered through molecular evidence. Therefore, research on fungal diversity based on morphological and multi-gene phylogenetic evidence is of great significance. In this Research Topic, we would like to discover more novel species of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes, focusing on their taxonomy and phylogeny, as well as the genetic and molecular characterization of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes fungi and their interaction with the host species.

In this Research Topic, we encourage the submission of manuscripts on the fungal diversity of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes, and provide valuable insight to the scientific community, ranging from the micro to macro scale. Original Research and Reviews on the following subjects are encouraged, but not limited to:
- Phylogenetic and taxonomic studies of fungal diversity of Ascomycetes as well as Basidiomycetes
- Genetic and molecular characterization of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes as fungal pathogens and their interaction with host species
- Genetic and molecular characterization of endophytes fungal species and their interaction with host species
- Genomic and metagenomic studies of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes species

Keywords: Phylogenomics, Fungal Diversity, Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Macrofungi, Microfungi, Fungal Disease, Endophytic Fungi


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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