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Asci and spores of Westerdykella ornata.
Asci and spores of Westerdykella ornata.
Image credit: Pedro Crous

The genus Westerdykella Stolk has been named after Johanna Westerdijk, the founding director of what is now the CBS KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Center. Westerdykella ornata (Sporormiaceae) produces cleistothecioid ascomata containing small asci and single celled ascospores. The ex-type strain was isolated from mangrove mud in Mozambique. It is known that Westerdykella species produce antibiotic metabolites, however, the type species is not well investigated in this regard. The genome of this strain will provide clues about which pathways are involved in the synthesis of the antibiotic compounds.