Evolution of fungal sexual reproduction.


Journal Article (Review)

We review here recent advances in our understanding of the genetic, molecular and genomic basis of sex determination and sexual reproduction in the fungal kingdom as a window on the evolution of sex in eukaryotes more generally. In particular, we focus on the evolution of the mating-type locus and transitions in modes of sexual reproduction using examples from throughout the kingdom. These examples illustrate general principles of the origins of mating-type loci/sex chromosomes and the balance between inbreeding and outcrossing afforded by different modes of sexual reproduction involving tetrapolar, bipolar and unipolar sexual cycles.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Heitman, J; Sun, S; James, TY

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 27

PubMed ID

  • 23099518

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23099518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-5514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3852/12-253


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England