May 2016 cover

The mold Aspergillus nidulans is a model fungus to study eukaryotic signal transduction, differentiation, cell biology or secondary metabolism. The picture shows a colony of a strain, which produces yellow spores. Image by Zhenzhong Yu and Reinhard Fischer (KIT, Karlsruhe), cover design by Karen Moore.

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Here comes the sun.

Light sensing in Aspergillus nidulans is shown to depend on the SakA (HogA) pathway, known to be crucial for osmosensing and now revealed as a hub for environmental signal integration in fungi.

Refers to Fungi use the SakA (HogA) pathway for phytochrome-dependent light signalling

by Zhenzhong Yu, Olivier Armant & Reinhard Fischer

Nature Microbiology 1, 16019 (2016)

Andrew Jermy

Consultant, Germinate

Andrew gained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, UK, studying fungal protein trafficking and secretion. He was subsequently a microbiology editor at Nature for more than a decade, joining Nature Reviews Microbiology in 2008 as an Associate Editor after a brief stint as locum editor on Nature Cell Biology. Over the following 4.5 years Andrew developed a passion for the field, commissioning Reviews and writing on all aspects of microbiology. He also took a keen interest in developing new approaches to communicate with the microbiology community. In January 2013 Andrew joined the Nature team as Senior Editor, handling primary manuscripts from across the field and championing microbiology in Nature’s pages and beyond. Andrew left Nature in April 2015 to become the Chief Editor for the launch of Nature Microbiology. Having helped to establish Nature Microbiology as one of the premier journals in the microbiology publishing landscape, and in search of a better work-life balance, in January 2019 he left Nature to become Chief Publishing Officer (and tea boy) for the family GCSE and A-Level educational resources business established by his wife over the preceding three years.