Naohidea sebacea CBS 8477 (P95) v1.0
Naohidea sebacea in vitro culture. Image provided by M. Catherine Aime
Naohidea sebacea in vitro culture. Image provided by M. Catherine Aime

Naohidea sebacea (Berkeley & Broome) Oberwinkler is a Pucciniomycotina species that has been found parasitizing fruiting bodies of different Ascomycota species. The strain used for sequencing originates from rotten wood in Taiwan, where it most probably was growing on hyphae of other fungi. Other collections of this fungus are also known from North America and Europe. In culture, N. sebacea is a non-fermenting budding white yeast that forms small globose cells. The sexual stage is produced as minute gelatinous basidiocarps on other fungi. The mycoparasitic stage of N. sebacea is hyphal and the hyphae have clamp connections (1).
To date, N. sebacea is the only known member of the genus and forms a monotypic order, Naohideales, which is currently believed to be the earliest branching lineage of Cystobasidiomycetes. Other yeasts in Cystobasidiomycetes produce pigmented cultures. This project provides the first genomic data for Naohideales and will be used in phylogenetic and phylogenomic reconstructions and in comparative genomics studies that seek to elucidate the molecular bases governing mycoparasitism, the production of yeast states, and the evolution of pathogenicity in Pucciniomycotina.

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(1) Sampaio JP, Chen C-J. 2011. Naohidea Oberwinkler (1990). In: The Yeasts, a Taxonomic Study. 5th edition. Eds: Kurtzman CP, Fell JW, Boekhout T. Vol 3: 1511–1513.