This book focuses on the fungi found in one of the most pristine regions on Earth: Antarctica. It discusses the fungal occurrence in all substrates of the region, including soil, seawater, lake and marine sediments, rocks, ice, and snow. It also addresses the impact of climate changes on these organisms, the genomic techniques developed to study them, and how a number of compounds, such as antibiotics and enzymes, produced by the Antarctic fungi can be used in medicine, agriculture and the chemical industry.
Author Biography: Luiz Henrique Rosa is Professor at the Department of Microbiology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He has been working on Antarctic microorganisms since 2016 and has taken part in more than ten scientific expeditions to Antarctica. He is the head of the Brazilian Antarctic Program and coordinates the project Antarctic Mycology (MycoAntar): diversity and biotechnology of extremophile fungi from Antarctica.