Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life
[Aufbau des Baum des Lebens der Pilze]
The Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life (AFTOL) project is dedicated to significantly enhancing our understanding of the evolution of the Kingdom Fungi, which represents one of the major clades of life. There are roughly 80,000 described species of Fungi, but the actual diversity in the group has been estimated to be about 1.5 million species. A more robust understanding of the evolutionary history of the Fungi is necessary to expand our knowledge of the history of life on Earth and the evolution of ecosystems and to facilitate the creation of diagnostic tools that will promote the discovery of the many undescribed fungal species. AFTOL is in its second round of funding with a second 4-year project initiated September 2007. AFTOL is funded by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Biology, Research
25. Apr 2005
10. Nov 2011