Journal article

Syncephalastrum contaminatum , a new species in the Mucorales from Australia

Andrew S Urquhart, Alexander Idnurm

MYCOSCIENCE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


A new species is described in the Mucorales family Syncephalastraceae: Syncephalastrum contaminatum, isolated as an in vitro culture from a laboratory contaminant. The species has variable copies of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions, requiring cloning of these regions prior to Sanger sequencing before subsequent use in phylogenetic comparisons with other fungi. The genome of the strain was sequenced using short paired-reads to yield a draft genome of 28.6 Mb. Syncephalastrum contaminatum is distinguished by diverse DNA sequences at several loci from the other species of Syncephalastrum, including only 81% sequence identity with its ITS regions to that of S. racemosum. Its merospo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Travis Heafield and Allison Van de Meene for assistance with the electron microscopy. This research was supported financially by the Australasian Mycological Society and the University of Melbourne.