Introduction

Saprotrophic basidiomycetes are continuously confronted with the presence of bacteria in their surroundings. Their interactions with bacteria can range from predatory and highly competitive to mutualistic. In this chapter we present an overview of the current knowledge on these interactions and the consequences for fungal functioning. The focus will be on interactions between wood-decomposing basidiomycetes and bacteria as these interactions have been most studied. Because of the focus on wood decay, we start with a short overview of our knowledge of wood-inhabiting bacteria.

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