1KFG is pleased to announce the public release of the Pleomassaria siparia genome http://genome.jgi.doe.gov/Plesi1/Plesi1.home.html. Pleomassaria siparia (Pleomassariaceae) is a saprotrophic ascomycete in birch woodland and scrub in Europe and East Asia. Plant pathologists now monitor the presence of this species in periods of drought or following windbreaks more closely. Pleomassaria siparia seems to extend its range to the North where new disease agents of forest trees are registered increasingly. It has been suggested that the anamorph (Prosthemium betulinum) can endure lower temperatures and is used for hibernation. This fungus grows on broken twigs and branches of birch trees, but its role as a potential pathogen is not studied.
It was contributed to the 1KFG project by Manfred Binder and Pedro Crous of Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures KNAW, Netherlands, and represents the first genome sequenced for the order Pleomassariaceae. As always, please contact the lead contact and PIs associated with unpublished 1KFG genomes for permission prior to the use of any data in publications.