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Phaeosphaeriaceae sp. PMI_808
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Phaeosphaeriaceae PMI 808

The Phaeosphaeriaceae are an important family of cosmopolitan fungi within the Pleosporales and include over 300 species (Phookamsak et al. 2014). Many of these taxa are only known from their asexual life stage some of which are economically important plant pathogens. Other species grow in soils or can function as root and foliar endophytes, saprotrophs or nectrotrophs on a wide diversity of plants (Nishizawa et al. 2010, Sánchez Márquez et al. 2010, Glynou et al. 2015, Chagnon et al. 2016). The isolate sequenced here was isolated from heathy surface-sterilized roots of Populus trichocarpa. This species is being studied by the DOE Plant-Microbial Interfaces project aimed at understanding the Populus microbiome and molecular interactions between Populus and its symbionts.