David S. Hibbett, R. Bauer, M. Binder, A. J. Giachini, K. Hosaka, A. Justo, E. Larsson, K. H. Larsson, J. D. Lawrey, Otto Miettinen, L. G. Nagy, R. H. Nilsson, M. Weiss, R. G. Thorn

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Agaricomycetes includes ca. 21,000 described species of mushroom-forming fungi that function as decayers, pathogens, and mutualists in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. The morphological diversity of Agaricomycete fruiting bodies is unparalleled in any other group of fungi, ranging from simple corticioid forms to complex, developmentally integrated forms (e.g., stinkhorns). In recent years, understanding of the phylogenetic relationships and biodiversity of Agaricomycetes has advanced dramatically, through a combination of polymerase chain reaction-based multilocus phylogenetics, phylogenomics, and molecular environmental surveys. Agaricomycetes is strongly supported as a clade and includes several groups formerly regarded as Heterobasidiomycetes, namely the Auriculariales, Sebacinales, and certain Cantharellales (Tulasnellaceae and Ceratobasidiaceae). The Agaricomycetes can be divided into 20 mutually exclusive clades that have been treated as orders. This chapter presents an overview of the phylogenetic diversity of Agaricomycetes, emphasizing recent molecular phylogenetic studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Mycota : Systematics and Evolution
EditorsDavid McLaughlin, Joseph Spatafora
Number of pages57
Publication date2014
Article number14
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-55317-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-55318-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameThe Mycota
PublisherSpringer Verlag

Fields of Science

  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology

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