Coniella lustricola, a new species from submerged detritus

Abstract

The draft genome, morphological description, and phylogenetic placement of Coniella lustricola sp. nov. (Schizoparmeaceae) are provided. The species was isolated from submerged detritus in a fen at Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania, USA and differs from all other Coniella species by having ellipsoid to fusoid, inequilateral conidia that are rounded on one end and truncate or obtuse on the other end, with a length to width ratio of 2.8. The draft genome is 36.56 Mbp and consists of 870 contigs on 634 scaffolds (L50 = 0.14 Mb, N50 = 76 scaffolds), with 0.5% of the scaffold length in gaps. It contains 11,317 predicted gene models, including predicted genes for cellulose, hemicellulose, and xylan degradation, as well as predicted regions encoding for amylase, laccase, and tannase enzymes. Many members of the Schizoparmeaceae are plant pathogens of agricultural crops. This draft genome represents the first sequenced Coniella genome and will be a valuable tool for comparisons among pathogenic Coniella species.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, and Black Moshannon State Park for supporting this research. The work conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility, is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The authors thank Joseph Spatafora and the 1000 Fungal Genome Project for support in sequencing the genome of this fungus. The authors would also like to thank the Mycological Society of America and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Integrative Biology for the financial support and Michael Woodley for the field support. The authors also wish to thank the two anonymous reviewers who offered helpful insights to a previous version of this manuscript. Lastly, all datasets generated and/or analyzed during this study will be made available from the corresponding author upon request.

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This article is part of the “Special Issue on ascomycete systematics in honour of Richard P. Korf who died in August 2016”.

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Raudabaugh, D.B., Iturriaga, T., Carver, A. et al. Coniella lustricola, a new species from submerged detritus. Mycol Progress 17, 191–203 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11557-017-1337-6

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Keywords

  • Diaporthales
  • Schizoparmeaceae
  • Sordariomycetes
  • 1000 Fungal Genome Project