Being invited by Prof. Christian P. Kubicek and Dr. Irina S. Druzhinina (Vienna University of Technology), Dr. Zhilin Yuan, a young expert from Chinses Academy of Forestry (Institute of Subtropical Forestry), wrote a book chapter entitled “Understanding the Biodiversity and Functions of Root Fungal Endophytes: the Ascomycete Harpophora oryzae as a Model Case” , which was recently published in Environmental and Microbial Relationships (The Mycota, Series Volume IV), (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-29532-9_11).
In this chapter, Dr. Zhilin Yuan aimed to provide an overview of current progress, future directions and challenges regarding the diversity, binary root-fungal interaction and field applications of root endophytes. To provide a thorough understanding of the molecular basis of root-fungal symbiosis, he specially focused on a novel DSE, Harpophora oryzae and highlighted its importance as a model organism to study fungal biology and evolution.
This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31370704) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Non-profit Research Institution of RISF-CAF (RISF2013005).