Thelephoroid Fungi

September 5th, 2010 by Francis Martin Leave a reply »

Thelephora terrestrisWe have just received 500,000 454 TTN ESTs of a series of ectomycorrhizal thelephoroid fungi: Thelephora terrestris, Tomentellopsis submollis and Tomentella stuposa. from the Genoscope. T. terrestris (Earthfan) is a very common ‘contaminant’ of seedlings grown in greenhouses and forest nurseries. The Thelephoraceae are one of the most abundant ectomycorrhizal basidiomycete group in boreal and temperate forests, but they often form fruiting bodies on dead woods. It remains to be determined whether their genome and transcriptome reflect this dual lifestyle.

Photo: Earthfan fruiting bodies © F Martin

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