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 fungus was selected to be a very good tool in genetics because this fungus can be grown easily under laboratory conditions by providing ‘minimal medium’ like inorganic salts, carbohydrates source and vitamin (biotin).
Also under X-ray treatment the mutations can be easily introduced in the fungal cells and meiotic division can be easily seen.