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Eurofungbase


Strategy to build up and maintain an integrated sustainable European fungal genomic database required for innovative genomics research on filamentous fungi important for biotechnology and human health
EC contribution
: € 485.874
Duration
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/11/2005
Funding scheme
: Coordinated Action
Keywords
: -
Contract/Grant agreement number
: LSSG-CT-2005-018964
Project web-site
: http://www.eurofung.net (to be further updated)

Background:

The Eurofung project is a Coordination Action. The consortium counts 32 member laboratories, three of which have partner status. A Fungal Industrial Platform (FIP) of 13 members is also associated with the project.

The objectives of the project are to develop the tools and the technologies necessary to enable innovative functional genomic research of hyphal fungi. In that context it is also essential as a community to develop a strategy to set up and maintain a sustainable database.

The project focuses on several filamentous fungi for different reasons. Aspergillus nidulans has a long record of use as a fungal model organism. Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma reesei and Penicillium chrysogenum are important cell factories used for the production of enzymes and metabolites including compounds such as -lactams with benefits to human health.

The human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus serves not only as a model pathogen, but becomes more and more a serious threat to human health. The project contributes to create the conditions and facilities within Europe to widely apply all genomics technologies in filamentous fungal research. This will greatly expand our knowledge about filamentous fungi. This new genomics information will thus be beneficial to Europe's biotechnology industries and help to improve the prevention and treatment of fungal disease.

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