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Fruiting bodies of Ganoderma leucocontextum [Photo credit: Yuan Yuan]
Fruiting bodies of Ganoderma leucocontextum [Photo credit: Yuan Yuan]

In the "1KFG: Deep Sequencing of Ecologically-relevant Dikarya" project (CSP1974), we aim to sequence additional sampling of genomic diversity within keystone lineages of plant-associated fungi and saprotrophic species that are of special ecological importance for understanding terrestrial ecosystems, such as grasslands, woodlands and forests. Comparative genomics of saprotrophic, mycorrhizal, endophytic and pathogenic fungi will provide new insights into the specific and conserved molecular adaptations associated with each fungal lifestyle.

Within the framework of a collaborative effort with Prof. Yu-Cheng Dai, Prof. Bao-Kai Cui, and Yifei Sun (Beijing Forestry University), we aim to assess the host-specificity with the Ganoderma lineage. Ganodermataceae includes a large number of white-rot filamentous fungi playing a key role in the global carbon cycle. These fungi are very efficient in degrading lignocellulose, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin by using laccases, lignin peroxidases, manganese peroxidases and other carbohydrate-acting enzymes.

Ganoderma leucocontextum

Ganoderma leucocontextum T.H. Li, W.Q. Deng, Sheng H. Wu, Dong M. Wang & H.P. Hu (2015) is a white rot fungus in the Ganodermataceae (Polyporales), characterized by its stipitate basidiocarps with white to cream context. G. leucocontextum is only found growing on wood of deciduous trees and is distributed throughout Southwestern China. G. leucocontextum is also well-known as a medicinal mushroom, so-called “Zanglingzhi”. It is widely cultivated in the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Chemical analyses of G. leucocontextum fruiting bodies have identified several secondary metabolites which have a great potential in prevention and curing of various diseases.

G. leucocontextum Dai 12418 was collected from Zhujiangyuan Forest Park in the Yunnan Province, and the strain is stored at the Institute of Microbiology, School of Ecology and Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University (BJFC, Beijing, China).

Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI (Francis Martin) and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications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