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.
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