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Cylindrocarpon olidum growing in the lab.
Cylindrocarpon olidum 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.

Cylindrocarpon and Cylindrocarpon-like species (Ascomycota phylum, Sordariomycetes class, Hypocreales order) have been commonly associated with root and decay of woody and herbaceous plants. Most of the teleomorphs of Cylindrocarpon species are now linked to the genus Neonectria. These fungi are globally distributed and include numerous plant pathogens that have a wide host range. They are well known in forest ecosystems, where they abundantly colonize the roots of both healthy and diseased trees. They can cause damping and root rot in young trees, as well as bark necrosis and cankers on older trees. Cylindrocarpon olidum MPI-CAGE-CH-0241 has been isolated from surface sterilized roots of the flowering plant Cardamine hirsuta (a close relative of Arabidopsis thaliana) grown in the Cologne Agricultural Soil (CAS). 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Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the CSP master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).