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Carbon assimilation profiles of mucoralean fungi show their metabolic versatility

Pawłowska, Julia and Okrasinska, Alicja and Kisło, Kamil and Aleksandrzak-Piekarczyk, Tamara and Szatraj, Katarzyna and Dolatabadi, Somayeh and Muszewska, Anna (2019) Carbon assimilation profiles of mucoralean fungi show their metabolic versatility. Scientific Reports, 9 (1). ISSN 2045-2322


Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-48296-w


Most mucoralean fungi are common soil saprotrophs and were probably among the first land colonisers. Although Mucoromycotina representatives grow well on simple sugar media and are thought to be unable to assimilate more complex organic compounds, they are often isolated from plant substrates. The main goal of the study was to explore the effects of isolation origin and phylogenetic placement on the carbon assimilation capacities of a large group of saprotrophic Mucoromycotina representatives (i.e. Umbelopsidales and Mucorales). Fifty two strains representing different Mucoromycotina families and isolated from different substrates were tested for their capacity to grow on 99 different carbon sources using the Biolog phenotypic microarray system and agar plates containing selected biopolymers (i.e. cellulose, xylan, pectin, and starch) as a sole carbon source. Although our results did not reveal a correlation between phylogenetic distance and carbon assimilation capacities, we observed 20 significant differences in growth capacity on specific carbon sources between representatives of different families. Our results also suggest that isolation origin cannot be considered as a main predictor of the carbon assimilation capacities of a particular strain. We conclude that saprotrophic Mucoromycotina representatives are, contrary to common belief, metabolically versatile and able to use a wide variety of carbon sources.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions:Department of Microbial Biochemistry
ID Code:1738
Deposited By: dr Tamara Aleksandrzak-Piekarczyk
Deposited On:19 Aug 2019 11:27
Last Modified:19 Aug 2019 11:27

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