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.
Interested in biogas production? Why not have a look at this book that was recently published: http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319219929
There is even a special chapter in it dedicated to specifically to anaerobic fungi 🙂
The journal Fungal Biology has kindly provided the final version of the Oontomyces paper for free (until 16th Sept) for anyone interested in reading about the latest new anaerobic fungal genus 🙂
A brand new rumen microbiology book is out now – with a whole chapter just about anaerobic fungi!!!
Delighted to announce the publication of a brand new anaerobic fungal genus: Oontomyces! That’s eight genera now…Perhaps one of the most intriguing things about this genus is that it appears to be camelid specific. Further details about the new genus can be found in the recent Fungal Biology paper where its discovery was reported.
Direct fed microbials (essentially similar to probiotics but the term is only used for “live, naturally occurring microbes”) are an approach to beneficially modify the gut ecosystem to optimise animal health and/or productivity. A recent review covers this topic from the perspective of ruminants, and highlights the significant value and future opportunities for anaerobic fungi as a live microbial feed supplement.
What’s better for ruminants than having ruminal anaerobic fungi? Having even MORE ruminal anaerobic fungi! A recently published study reports that certain plants can promote anaerobic fungal growth/activity, and may have potential as a future feed additive.
A paper describing the characterisation of a brand new anaerobic fungal genus and associated species has just been published – that makes seven genera now!
“Buwchfawromyces eastonii gen. nov., sp. nov.: a new anaerobic fungus (Neocallimastigomycota) isolated from buffalo faeces”
A recently published study has reported on the successful use of anaerobic fungi as a silage inoculant – but perhaps the most interesting thing (for me at least) is that one of the isolates used in the study was isolated from the termite gut! We may have to rethink our understanding of host range….
Amazing insight as to how to get some of those uncultivated microbes – and so simple!