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Fusarium commune MPI-SDFR-AT-0072
Fusarium commune MPI-SDFR-AT-0072 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.

Fusarium commune (Ascomycota phylum, Sordariomycetes class, Hypocreales order) is a species identified based on molecular phylogenetic data that is part of a strongly supported clade closely related to the F. oxysporum species complex. The fungus can cause damping-off and root-rot of conifer seedlings in forest nurseries but also can cause disease on Soybean and other crops. Fusarium commune is a soil inhabiting fungus that primarily infects plant roots to cause disease, although some Fusarium commune strains have been detected in or isolated from the roots of healthy plants. The sequenced Fusarium commune MPI-SDFR-AT-0072 has been isolated from healthy Arabidopsis thaliana plants grown in natural soil after surface sterilization of plant roots. This suggest either that its corresponding gene repertoire lacks important virulence factors required for A. thaliana invasion or that its pathogenicity is reduced in a community context. 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 represents 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Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the CSP master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).