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International Journal of Microbiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 351832, 9 pages
Review Article

Communication in Fungi

1School of Biosciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NJ, UK
2Singapore Immunology Network, Agency for Science,Technology, and Research, Singapore 138648
3Clinical Microbiology Service, William Harvey Hospital, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Ashford, Kent TN24 0LZ, UK

Received 17 June 2011; Accepted 12 July 2011

Academic Editor: Julian R. Naglik

Copyright © 2012 Fabien Cottier and Fritz A. Mühlschlegel. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We will discuss fungal communication in the context of fundamental biological functions including mating, growth, morphogenesis, and the regulation of fungal virulence determinants. We will address intraspecies but also interkingdom signaling by systematically discussing the sender of the message, the molecular message, and receiver. Analyzing communication shows the close coevolution of fungi with organisms present in their environment giving insights into multispecies communication. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying microbial communication will promote our understanding of the “fungal communicome.”