Neurospora – an ascomycetes fungus has been used as a biological tool to understand the mechanism of plant genetics much in the same way as Drosophila has been used to study animal genetics. What makes Neurospora so important as a genetic tool?
Neurospora is used as a genetic tool because
Fastest growing in vitro can be grown in minimal media.
• Due to its haploid nature it can express both dominant as well as recessive traits.
• Analysis of genetic combination is facilitated by the ordered sequence of the products in the form of eight ascospores