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Persistence of Fungi in Atypical, Closed Environments: Cultivation to Omics

Blachowicz, Adriana and Venkateswaran, Kasthuri and Wang, Clay C. C. (2018) Persistence of Fungi in Atypical, Closed Environments: Cultivation to Omics. In: Microbiology of Atypical Environments. Methods in Microbiology. Vol.45. No.45. Academic Press , pp. 67-86. ISBN 9780128146040.

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Filamentous fungi are dual organisms that can be both useful for mankind and threatening to human habitats and health. These omnipresent extremotolerant microorganisms are associated with a range of hostile environments and the human body. Immense adaptability to a variety of conditions enables fungi residing on people to thrive anywhere they go, including man-made closed habitats. One such habitat is the International Space Station (ISS), which is a research platform under strict microbiological scrutiny. Over time microbial monitoring of the ISS has shifted from cultivation to state-of-the-art molecular techniques. Such in-depth analyses have facilitated the identification of a myriad of fungal isolates and their associated molecular phenotypes following adaptation to the unique space environment. As space-faring nations are preparing for the era of long-term manned missions to explore outer space, it is imperative to understand physiological changes of fungi coexisting with humans in closed habitats.

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Additional Information:© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. Available online 25 September 2018.
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Official Citation:Adriana Blachowicz, Kasthuri Venkateswaran, Clay C.C. Wang, Chapter 3 - Persistence of Fungi in Atypical, Closed Environments: Cultivation to Omics, Editor(s): Volker Gurtler, Jack T. Trevors, Methods in Microbiology, Academic Press, Volume 45, 2018, Pages 67-86, ISBN 9780128146040, (
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