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Avicennia marina, the host of Pleospora avicenniae. From Wikimedia Commons.
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Pleospora avicennia ATCC 66911 growing in the lab.
Pleospora avicennia ATCC 66911 growing in the lab.
Image Credit: Jon Karl Magnuson

Halojulella avicenniae (syn=Pleospora avicennia) is a member of the Dothideomycetes and was sequenced as part of the 1000 Fungal Genomes Project. Dothideomycetes is the largest and most diverse class of ascomycete fungi. It comprises 11 orders, 90 families, 1300 genera, and over 19000 known species. Pleospora avicennia ATCC 66911 was originally isolated from the roots of Avicennia marina (commonly known as grey mangrove or white mangrove) in Port Douglas Harbor, Queensland, Australia. Recently, Pleospora avicenniae was placed in the new genus Halojulella based on a morphological and molecular examination (Ariyawansa et al. 2013).

The 1000 Fungal Genomes Project aims to fill in gaps in the Fungal Tree of Life by sequencing at least two reference genomes from the more than 500 recognized families of Fungi. This project additionally aims to inform research on plant-microbe interactions, microbial emission and capture of greenhouse gasses, and environmental metagenomic sequencing.