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Pisolithus thermaeus
Pisolithus thermaeus found in thermal areas of New Zealand (top left) including sulfurous thermal vents (top right) or hot soils (bottom). Photo credits: Jonathan Plett and Teresa Lebel.

This genome was sequenced as part of the JGI CSP1953 within the framework of the Mycorrhizal Genomes Initiative, which seeks to densely sample members of a diverse lineage of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi to examine functional diversity of ECM fungi with a shared evolutionary history.

Pisolithus thermaeus:

The mutualistic ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal genus Pisolithus colonizes the roots of trees in forests around the world and are inoculated on bioenergy crops such as Eucalyptus sp. and Pinus sp. due to their role in promoting plant health and productivity under different environmental constraints. Made up of >16 cryptic species, members of the Pisolithus genus are found in environments that vary broadly with regard to temperature, nutrient levels and heavy metal concentrations. Pisolithus thermaeus is a recently described species within this genus that is found exclusively in the thermal areas of New Zealand. Displaying high heat tolerance during fruiting, this fungus is found in hot sulfurous thermal vents and in hot soils.

Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI (Dr.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