Gero Steinberg is fascinated by fungi. To share his obsession with young researchers, the University of Exeter professor has published 76 videos of Ustilago maydis—a Jekyll-and-Hyde fungus that transforms from a harmless, round-shaped cell into a fiber-shaped, corn crop–decimating pathogen.
The 3-D animations capture U. maydis’ stained cytoskeletal elements such as microtubule and actin filaments—as well as peroxisomes, endosomes, and mitrochondria—inside the fungal cell body in suspended animation or in real-time dynamics.
The videos are published in the supplemental content of the paper, “The dynamic fungal cell,” published online on 22 Feb. in Fungal Biology Reviews.
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