Updated anaerobic fungal ITS1 database – version 3.3.

The database for the assignment of anaerobic fungal ITS1 next-generation sequence reads (compatible with Mothur and QIIME), as described in the paper by Koetschan et al (2014),  has just been updated to now include Pecoramyces – please see the Resources & Links page to download the two files for version 3.3!



Four newly published genomes!

A comparative genomics approach has been used to provide new insights into cellulose degradation by anaerobic fungi. This substantial piece of work has just been published in Nature Microbiology, further information can be found here: press release and paper.

RMG workshop & INRA-Rowett, Clermont-Ferrand, France

20160622_104442Anaerobic fungi featured at both the rumen microbial genomics (RMG) workshop and the INRA-Rowett meeting last week in Clermont-Ferrand, France. At the RMG workshop, the importance of studying anaerobic fungi when characterising rumen microbiomes was highlighted – particularly due to their close association/interactions with methanogens. At the INRA-Rowett meeting a talk by Bob Forster (pictured in the photo) about his rumen metatranscriptomic work highlighted the central importance of anaerobic fungi in terms of ruminal fibre degradation. Certainly made a lot of people sit up and think! Well done Bob 🙂

EAAP 2016 Announcement

Booking and submissions are now open for the 2016 EAAP Conference, ‘Sustainable Food Production: Livestock’s Key Role’.

Who agree’s with me that both ruminants and anaerobic fungi have a key role to play??

Hosted in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 29 August to 2 September 2016, the event will bring over 1200 experts from around the globe together for Europe’s largest animal science event. This year’s conference will focus on the developments in sustainable livestock production, covering a host of subjects around animal science, including genetics, nutrition, management, health and animal physiology.

More details can be found by clicking here.