Fungal Genomics

at Utrecht University

Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis

Organism description

Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis strain map16 (a species within the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis complex) was isolated from a Camponotus rufipes worker ant collected in the Atlantic rain forest of Brazil. Fungi of this species complex are entomopathogenic Ascomycetes infecting and manipulating the behavior of Carpenter ants. These species reside within the Order Hypocreales and Family Ophiocordycipitaceae.

The genome of O. camponoti-rufipedis was sequenced and annotated in collaboration with Charissa de Bekker and David Hughes.

Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis - Ophun1

Figure. An ant that was killed by O. camponoti-rufipedis. A fruiting structure emerges from the ant’s head, producing sexual spores.

Reference

Please cite this paper when using data from this genome:

Ant-infecting Ophiocordyceps genomes reveal a high diversity of potential behavioral manipulation genes and a possible major role for enterotoxins.
de Bekker C, Ohm RA, Evans HC, Brachmann A, Hughes DP
Sci Rep. 2017 Oct; 7(1): 12508. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12863-w

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