Rhizopus microsporus ATCC11559 v1.0
Rhizopus microsporus ATCC11559 growing on PDA. Photo by Olga Lastovetsky
Sporangia and mycelium of Rhizopus microsporus ATCC11559 growing on PDA. Photo by Olga Lastovetsky

Rhizopus microsporus ATCC11559 (Mucorales) is closely related to bacteria-harboring R. microsporus ATCC52813 and R. microsporus ATCC52814, both of which have recently been sequenced by JGI. Unlike these strains, however, ATCC11559 does not harbor bacterial endosymbionts and presents a unique opportunity for comparative analysis with bacteria-harboring strains to better understand the factors that facilitate establishment of bacterial-fungal symbioses. This sequencing effort is part of a larger CSP that is focused on using comparative genomics to better understand early divergent terrestrial fungi and their bacterial endosymbionts