Trichosporon chiarellii MYA-4694 v1.0
Maximum likelihood phylogenetic tree showing position of Trichosporon chiarellii (Trich1)
Maximum likelihood phylogenetic tree showing position of Trichosporon chiarellii (Trich1)

Fungus-growing ants maintain an obligate mutualism with certain basidiomycete fungi. The ants use the fungi as food, and in turn, disperse fungal spores in manure. Trichosporon chiarellii is the name given to a novel yeast isolated from ant's nest (1). It was inferred to occupy a distinct phylogenetic position relative to known species of Trichosporon, thus may be of taxonomic interest. T. chiarellii was sequenced as part of the 1000 Fungal Genome Project

Reference

  1. Pagnocca FC, Legaspe MF, Rodrigues A, Ruivo CC, Nagamoto NS, Bacci M Jr, Forti LC. Yeasts isolated from a fungus-growing ant nest, including the description of Trichosporon chiarellii sp. nov., an anamorphic basidiomycetous yeast. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2010 Jun;60(Pt 6):1454-9.