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Ergosterol may be used to study the function of anti-fungal drugs such as Amphotericin B and its analogues and to study the ergosterol biosynthesis pathway within various fungi. It acts as a useful indicator of living fungal biomass.
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F. Martin, et al. An improved ergosterol assay to estimate fungal biomass in ectomycorrhizas.Mycological Research.,1990,94(8), 1059-1064.