Cyanodermella asteris sp. nov. (Ostropales) from the inflorescence axis of Aster tataricus

Linda Jahn, Thomas Schafhauser, Stefan Pan, Tilmann Weber, Wolfgang Wohlleben, David Fewer, Kaarina Sivonen, Liane Flor, Karl-Heinz van Pée, Thibault Caradec, Philippe Jacques, MiekeM.E. Huijbers, WillemJ.H. van Berkel, Jutta Ludwig-Müller
  • Mycotaxon, April 2017, Mycotaxon, Ltd.
  • DOI: 10.5248/132.107

Cyanodermella asteris is a novel fungus that lives together with the aster plant.

What is it about?

An endophytic fungus isolated from the inflorescence axis of Aster tataricus is proposed as a new species. Phylogenetic analyses based on sequences from the ribosomal DNA cluster (the ITS1+5.8S+ITS2, 18S, and 28S regions) and the RPB2 gene revealed a relationship between the unknown fungus and the Stictidaceae lineage of the Ostropales. The new species, Cyanodermella asteris, grows in standard fungal growth media as a fluffy, pink filamentous fungus.

Why is it important?

Cyanodermella asteris is capable of producing astins, which have been proposed to have anti-cancer properties.


Professor Willem J.H. van Berkel
Wageningen University

More knowledge about the biocatalytic repertoire of Cyanodermella asteris will facilitate the upscaling of astin production.

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