We are delighted to announce that anaerobic fungi are featured as ‘Microbe of the month’ at the Dutch microbiology museum in Amsterdam, Micropia.
This is the result of a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research and TU Delft.
More details about anaerobic fungi and the museum can be found here.
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 all 11 currently characterized genera – please see the Resources & Links page to download the two files for version 3.4!
We would like to bring to your attention a new Frontiers in Microbiology research topic on: Advances in the understanding of the commensal eukaryota and viruses of the herbivore gut. The topic is also a tribute to the tremendous contributions of the late Professor Burk Dehority and Professor Colin Orpin to the field of herbivore gut microbiology. The topic is open to all type of herbivores – not just mammalian. For further details please see here.
The new genus, Liebetanzomyces, was isolated using an extended cultivation approach. It’s type strain is called L. polymorphus due to the pleomorphism it displays in terms of its sporangial and rhizoidal structures. The genus is named after Erwin Liebetanz, as he was the first to document the flagellated zoospores of anaerobic fungi in 1910. The paper can be seen here.
The previously uncultured AL6 clade has now been isolated and named Feramyces. More details can be found in the associated published article, which you can find here.
Anaerobic Fungi Network now has a twitter page!! Look out for more news there by following us and also spread your own anerobic fungal news using @AnaerobicFungi
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!
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.
A new anaerobic fungal genus – Pecoramyces – has just been described, and the corresponding paper can be found here.
The type strain, Pecoramyces ruminantium C1A (formerly known as Orpinomyces sp. C1A), has already had its genome and transcriptome sequenced.
Have you ever wondered what the man who discovered anaerobic fungi looks like? Well wonder no more. Here is a picture taken of him in 1974 and recently!
Professor Orpin with his wife Patricia at a research conference in Aberdeen, UK in 1974.
Prof Orpin relaxing at home, enjoying his retirement.