Gymnopus luxurians v1.0
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G. luxurians Xiao-yong Liu

This genome was sequenced as a part of the large-scale multi-genome JGI CSP Saprotrophic Agaricomycotina Project (SAP), which focuses on the diversity and evolution of decay mechanisms, organismal phylogenetic relationships, and developmental evolution. A large collaborative effort led by PI of this project, David Hibbett (Clark University) aims for master publication(s) of the SAP data analysis. Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished SAP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the SAP master paper(s).

Gymnopus luxurians represents the Omphalotaceae, a family of fungi with a characteristic stipitate-pileate mushroom habit in the marasmioid clade (Agaricales). This species is widespread and is easily recognized by the massive production of clusters of fruiting bodies on lawns. Gymnopus luxurians is a saprotrophic fungus growing on wood chip mulch areas and buried wood, but little is known about the decay chemistry. There is increasing evidence that at least some Gymnopus species associate with mycoheterotroph orchids. These plants have lost the ability to obtain carbon via photosynthesis in adaptation to understory growth and therefore depend on fungi as providers of alternative carbon sources. This property has usually been attributed to ectomycorrhizal fungi. The Gymnopus genome will be the first project to address beneficial interactions between saprotrophic fungi and plants.

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