The Fungal Genomics group is led by Robin Ohm and is part of the Microbiology lab at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. The group takes a functional genomics approach to answer biological questions about fungal growth, development and pathogenesis.
- Fungal comparative genomics
- Mushroom development
- Lignocellulose degradation
- Food spoilage agents
- Insect pathogens
- Fungal bioluminescence
Peter Jan Vonk has published his method to dramatically increase the efficiency of gene deletion using pre-assembled ribonucleoproteins
Vonk PJ, Escobar N, Wösten HAB, Lugones LG, Ohm RA
Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7632 (2019)
Eva Almasi has started as a research technician, working on the regulation of mushroom development. Welcome and good luck!
This Fall three new MSc students will start their research internship projects: Marieke van Maanen, Esther van den Bergh and Julia Orbons. Welcome!
Peter Jan Vonk published a paper about the evolution of homeodomain transcription factors. This class of TFs plays several important roles in (multicellular) development in many fungi across the fungal kingdom.
Today our paper was published in Scientific Reports, which was the result of the ongoing collaboration with Charissa de Bekker:
We sequenced and annotated five genomes of Ophiocoryceps species that can infect ants and modify their behavior. Comparative genomics and transcriptomics revealed novel candidate genes that may be involved in this behavior modification.
The genome of Ophiocordyceps kimflemingae (previously known as O. unilateralis) can be browsed interactively by clicking on Genome Browser in the menu bar.
In the past few weeks two new group members started: Benny Bostock and Gijs Langkamp both started a MSc project on regulators of mushroom development. Welcome!
In the past few weeks three new group members started:
- Maarten Punt started his PhD project about food spoilage fungi
- Natalia Escobar will work on regulators of mushroom development
- Jonas Jonkers started a 10 week BSc project about comparative genomics of fungi
This week two new lab members started. Welcome!
- Peter Jan Vonk started his PhD project. He will work on regulators of mushroom development.
- Florian Hennicke is a visiting researcher from Frankfurt and will do a sabbatical in the lab. His focus is Agrocybe aegerita.
Robin Ohm has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The grant of 1.5 million euros allows the group to study the genetics of mushroom development using the model system Schizophyllum commune.
Today we published a new paper in Nature Communications describing the genome sequences of several Dothideomycete fungi, most importantly the ectomycorrhiza Cenococcum geophilum. It is the result of a collaboration with Martina Peter (Swiss Federal Research Institute), Igor Grigoriev’s group (Joint Genome Institute), Francis Martin’s group (INRA-Nancy), and many others.