Professor Jonathan Schilling

CBS Plant/Microbial Biology
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
Identifying Agents Relevant to Lignocellulose Deconstruction in Fungi Through RNA-Seq

These researchers are examining the genetic basis of wood deconstruction in brown rot fungi, a subclass of wood-degrading fungi evolved from the more common white rot fungi. As compared to white rot fungi, brown rot species use a distinct and potentially more efficient mechanism to circumvent the lignin barrier during biomass breakdown. This group uses RNA-seq to spatially and sequentially map the expression of genes involved in wood deconstruction in fungal hyphae at the microbelignocellulose interface. This work will advance overall understanding of mechanisms used by filamentous fungi to deconstruct lignocellulose and facilitate their potential application to production of next-generation biofuels.

Project Investigators

Aiym Bakytbaikyzy
Jesus Castano Uruena
Irshad Ul Haq
Benjamin Hillmann
Associate Professor Peter Kennedy
Associate Professor Dan Knights
Gerald Presley
Professor Jonathan Schilling
Kevin Silverstein
Hunter Simpson
Assistant Professor Jiwei Zhang
Yanmei Zhang
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