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Teratosphaeriaceae sp. NC1134
Teratosphaeriaceae sp. NC1134 on 2% malt extract agar (MEA). photo credit: J. M. U’Ren

Teratosphaeriaceae sp. NC1134

Teratosphaeriaceae sp. NC1134 was isolated in culture from surface-sterilized photosynthetic tissue of an unidentified moss species collected near Highlands, North Carolina as part of a study examining endophytic and endolichenic fungal communities across North America (U’Ren et al., 2012). We identified this isolate as an unidentified species of Teratosphaeriaceae (Pezizomycotina, Dothideomycetes, Capnodiales) via ITS-partial LSU rDNA sequencing. Described species of Teratosphaeriaceae commonly occur in extreme environments as saprotrophs and plant pathogens (Quaedvlieg et al., 2014). Some species of Teratosphaeriaceae can occur as opportunistic pathogens of humans (Quaedvlieg et al., 2014). As an endophyte, NC1134 is particularly useful for comparative genomic analyses to examine the evolution of pathogenicity and virulence.

References:

Quaedvlieg, W., M. Binder, J.Z. Groenewald, B.A. Summerell, A.J. Carnegie, T.I. Burgess, P.W. Crous. 2014. Introducing the consolidated species concept to resolve species in the Teratosphaeriaceae. Persoonia. 33: 1–40.

U’Ren, J. M., F. Lutzoni, J. Miadlikowska, A. Laetsch, A.E. Arnold. 2012. Host- and geographic structure of endophytic and endolichenic fungi at a continental scale. American Journal of Botany. 99: 898–914.