- Press Release
- March 17, 2023
Geography And Environmental Pressure Are Predictive Of Class-specific Radioresistance In Black Fungi
Black fungi are among the most resistant organisms to ionizing radiation on Earth.
However, our current knowledge is based on studies on a few isolates, while the overall radioresistance limits across this microbial group and the relationship with local environmental conditions remains largely undetermined.
To address this knowledge gap, we assessed the survival of 101 strains of black fungi isolated across a worldwide spatial distribution to gamma radiation doses up to 100 kGy. We found that intra and inter-specific taxonomy, UV radiation and precipitation levels primarily influence the radioresistance in black fungi.
Altogether, this study provides insights into the adaptive mechanisms of black fungi to extreme environments and highlights the role of local adaptation in shaping the survival capabilities of these extreme-tolerant organisms.
Lorenzo Aureli, Claudia Coleine, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Dag Ahren, Alessia Cemmi, Ilaria Di Sarcina, Silvano Onofri, Laura Selbmann