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Beauveria bassiana. Photo by Chengshu Wang

The genome sequence and gene predictions of Beauveria bassiana were not determined by the JGI, but were downloaded from NCBI and have been published (Guohua Xiao et al., 2012). Please note that this copy of the genome is not maintained by the author and is therefore not automatically updated.

Bassiana bassiana was discovered by Agostinio Bassi in 1835 as the cause of the devastating muscardine disease of silkworms. The species is now one of the best-known species of insect pathogenic fungi. The fungus has a particularly wide host range (over 700 species) allowing it to be used against insect vectors of human diseases and a wide range of insect pests. B. bassiana is also a well-known biocatalyst in chemical and industrial applications. The important role of B. bassiana as a plant endophyte and antagonist of plant pathogenic fungi has only become apparent in the last 20 years. Silkworm larvae infected by B. bassiana (batryticated silkworms), have for centuries been a traditional Chinese medicine. The sexual stage of B. bassiana has been identified as Cordyceps bassiana and it is sexually heterothallic.



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