The Mitofun project looks at MITOchondria as regulators of FUNgal virulence. Mitochondria is a network within a cell where it’s energy is generated. The project aims to discover how mitochondrial function and their ability to change shape and structure regulate the virulence of fungal pathogens.
As part of this project, we recently discovered a unique mechanism of fungus-to-fungus communication that is mediated by the exchange of extracellular vesicles. You can read more about this in our Nature Communications paper or via our blogpost on the project.
This project is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Framework 7 Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 614562