Correlation of mycelial growth rate with other characters in evolved genotypes of Aspergillus nidulans

S.E. Schoustra, D. Punzalan

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Abstract

Fungal populations can adapt to their environment by the generation and fixation of spontaneous beneficial mutations. In this study we examined whether adaptation, measured as an increased mycelial growth rate, has correlated responses in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans with several other metric characters that could be important fitness components (colony forming units, germination speed, and biomass formation). Studying 60 populations that had evolved over 800 generations by experimental evolution, we find that only mycelial growth rate increased during adaptation to growing on solid medium. We further found that among evolved strains colony forming units is negatively correlated with mycelial growth rate and that colony forming units and biomass formation show a positive correlation. Our results give insight into changes in fungal phenotype as a result of adaptation and suggest that mycelial growth rate is the only available target of selection
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-636
JournalFungal Biology
Volume116
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • evolution
  • sex
  • fitness
  • adaptation
  • selection
  • fungi

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