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Tritirachium sp.
Tritirachium sp.
Image Credit: Dr. M. Catherine Aime

Tritirachium sp. CBS 265.96 is an anamorphic mold in Pucciniomycotina (Basidiomycota) that was isolated from wood in Amazonia, Brazil. Other members of Tritirachium are found growing on dead plant material, in association with other molds and even as causal agents of scalp or cornea infections in humans.  In culture CBS 265.96 exhibits mold-like hyphal growth producing brownish pink colonies with a velvety texture. Conidiophores with characteristic zigzag-like tips produce globose to ovate single-celled conidia.  A sexual state is not known.

Until recently the genus Tritirachium was placed in Ascomycota, primarily due to similarities in conidiophore morphology with other mold species in Pezizomycotina. A recent multi-gene analyses revealed that most species currently placed in Tritirachium, including CBS 265.96, are in fact simple-septate Pucciniomycotina, now placed in Tritirachiomycetes (Tritirachiales, Tritirachiaceae). Genomic data produced for this project will represent the first available for a member of this class.  Researchers will use these data in phylogenetic and phylogenomic reconstructions and in comparative genomics studies that seek to elucidate the molecular bases governing the production of mold states and the evolution of pathogenicity in Pucciniomycotina.

If you would like to use this genome in your research, please contact Dr. M. Catherine Aime (maime@purdue.edu) and Dr. Igor Grigoriev (ivgrigoriev@lbl.gov) for permission.

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