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Aporpium caryae by Daniel L. Lindner
Aporpium caryae by Daniel L. Lindner

Aporpium (=Elmerina) caryae is among the early diverging lineages of decay fungi (Auriculariales), despite have a fruiting body morphology that closely mimics the fruiting bodies of those typically found in the "polyporoid clade" of true polypores. Sequencing the genome of this fungus will make it possible to determine if this fungus has unique enzymatic systems for the degradation of woody biomass. If the highly derived nature of the fruiting body morphology is associated with unique ligno-cellulitic degradation systems, this may suggest other potential targets for sequencing within the early diverging lineages of wood decay fungi.