Torpedospora radiata JK5252C v1.0
Maximum likelihood tree from ~200 conserved protein sequences, showing phylogenetic position of Torpedospora (Torra1) within Ascomycota.
Maximum likelihood tree from ~200 conserved protein sequences, showing phylogenetic position of Torpedospora (Torra1) within Ascomycota.

Torpedospora radiata JK5252C was sequenced as part of the1000 Fungal Genomes Project

Torpedospora radiata Meyers (Hypocreomycetidae, TBM clade) is a marine filamentous fungus isolated primarily in the tropics, but can be distributed worldwide. It is saprobic and cellulocytic and while it can be isolated from woody debris along marine coastlines, it has also been associated with the brackish waters of mangrove forests. It produces flask shaped reproductive structures called perithecia that can be embedded or superficial on substrata. Ascospores of this species are passively discharged via the breakdown of the ascus wall and the spores possess up to four appendages radiating from one polar apex. These appendages have been hypothesized to assist in buoyancy in water as well as to assist in attachment to a substrate. The genome of this species will be used in a study of the evolution of salt tolerance in fungi and may have applications in furthering scientific knowledge of cellulocytic enzymes that are highly active in saline environments which may have applications in bioremediation and industrial efforts that occur in unique osmotic environments.