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Melanotic fungi inhabit the extraplos one

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Unformatted text preview: loss of its : ‘‘shield’’ against cosmic radiation [12]. Additionally, radiation from a putative passing star called Nemesis has been suggested as a cause of extinction events [13]. The proliferation of melanotic fungi may even have contributed to the mass extinctions at the end of Cretaceous period [14]. A symbiotic association of plants and a melanotic fungus that allows for extreme thermotolerance has been attributed to heat dissipating properties of melanin [15]. Melanotic fungi inhabit the extraPLoS ONE | www.plosone.org Academic Editor: Julian Rutherford, Newcastle University, United Kingdom Received January 21, 2007; Accepted April 24, 2007; Published May 23, 2007 Copyright: ß 2007 Dadachova et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Funding: The research was partially supported by NIH grant AI52733 (AC and JN). Funders played no role in this study....
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