Life in the Dead Sea - Various Fungi Discovered in the Brine

Agriculture/Environmental Sciences

Prof. Eviatar Nevo, Prof. Solomon Wasser
Haifa University

Although the high salt concentrations there were thought to prevent life, researchers discovered 77 species of filamentous fungi that live in the Dead Sea. The full genome of one of the fungi was recently sequenced, and it includes thousands of genes, many of which are a genetic treasure of salt-resistancy. This discovery paved the way for the development of agricultural crops suited to deserts, contributing to increased food production in the world.