1. A Changing Landscape of Fungal Genomics

  1. Francis Martin
  1. Igor V. Grigoriev

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118735893.ch1

The Ecological Genomics of Fungi

The Ecological Genomics of Fungi

How to Cite

Grigoriev, I. V. (2013) A Changing Landscape of Fungal Genomics, in The Ecological Genomics of Fungi (ed F. Martin), John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118735893.ch1

Author Information

  1. US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119946106

Online ISBN: 9781118735893



  • bioinformatics;
  • fungal genomics;
  • genome sequencing;
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae


Fungi play an important role in nature and the economy. Being an important source of food, medicine, and enzymes, fungi can also cause human disease, threaten agriculture, and damage buildings. Sequencing of the first fungal genome, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, led to an unprecedented development of the baker's yeast as a model organism and to the building of an entire collection of tools to explore fungal and eukaryotic biology. Large-scale genomic initiatives led to generating a critical mass of data for comparative genomics. New types and large amounts of data posed new challenges for bioinformatics but also opened doors to new applications. This chapter explores the changing landscape of fungal genomics, the challenges in experimental and computational technologies, and the transformations they lead to in biological science.