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Coprinus phaeopunctatus MPI-PUGE-AT-0042 growing in the lab.
Coprinus phaeopunctatus MPI-PUGE-AT-0042 growing in the lab.
Image Credit: Stephane Hacquard

This genome was sequenced as part of the 1000 Fungal Genomes Project - Deep Sequencing of Ecologically-relevant Dikarya, and more specifically as part of the Endophyte Genome Sequencing project, which seeks to sequence members of diverse lineages of endophytic species found in Arabidopsis, Populus and other plants to examine the functional diversity of fungi with a shared evolutionary history.

Coprinopsis (Basidiomycota , Agaricomycetes , Agaricales) belongs to the former Coprinus sensu lato genus, a group known for its auto-digesting fruiting bodies, commonly named "inky caps". This genus contains Coprinopsis cinerea, a classical experimental model for studying multicellular development and sexual reproduction in fungi. Although these fungi are mainly described as litter decomposers, where they degrade organic materials and contribute to carbon cycling, several reports also indicate that they can be detected in roots of living plants in nature. The sequenced Coprinus phaeopunctatus MPI-PUGE-AT-0042 has been isolated multiple independent times from healthy Arabidopsis thaliana plants grown in a natural soil after surface sterilization of plant roots. The sequencing of this fungal isolate is part of a larger project aiming at sequencing the genomes of numerous phylogenetically diverse root-associated fungi from Arabidopsis, Populus, and other plant hosts for further comparative genome analysis. Unravelling the genomic signatures reflecting the adaptation of these microbes to the host cell environment represent a promising way to better understand how the endophytic lifestyle evolved in phylogenetically unrelated fungal species. Comparative genome analysis between different plant hosts, and between saprotrophic, mycorrhizal, and pathogenic fungi will provide new insights into the specific adaptations but also the conserved signatures associated with these different lifestyles.

Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the CSP master paper(s).