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Phellinus viticola [Image courtesy Sundy Maurice]

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-interacting fungi and saprophytic fungi that are of special ecological importance for understanding terrestrial ecosystems. In addition, comparative genome analysis with saprotrophic, mycorrhizal and pathogenic fungi will provide new insights into the specific and conserved adaptations associated with each fungal lifestyle.

Phellinus viticola (Schwein.) Donk

Phellinus viticola is a basidiomycete belonging to the family Hymenochaetaceae. Members of this family are primarily lignicolous species playing a significant role in the ecological functioning of forests but other species vigorously kill standing trees. P. viticola is one of the very rare Phellinus generalist species that occur on both conifers and hardwoods in Northern Europe. Despite the extensive butt rot and the considerable number of fruiting bodies at the base of recently fallen trees, it is unknown to which extent can P. viticola have a latent pathogenic activity on standing spruce trees- dominating host in boreal forests. However, the occurrence of P. viticola on fences clearly indicates that the species can decompose wood as a saprotroph.
P. viticola strain PhevitSig-SM15 was isolated from decayed Picea abies sampled in Sigdal, Buskerud, Norway.

Why sequence the genome?
The availability of a reference genome will first help to support our ongoing research based on population genomics studies at both fine scale (forest) and broader European scales (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Poland) using RADseq and whole genome re-sequencing. Besides, together with Phellinus spp. and closely related genera being sequenced, a genome of Phellinus viticola will help in resolving the phylogenomics relationships of Phellinus, one of the largest and most important genera represented in Fennoscandia.

Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the CSP master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