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Top 50 most wanted fungi

Journal article
Authors R. Henrik Nilsson
Christian Wurzbacher
Mohammad Bahram
Victor R. M. Coimbra
Ellen Larsson
Leho Tedersoo
Jonna S. Eriksson
Camila Duarte
Sten Svantesson
Marisol Sánchez-García
Martin Ryberg
Erik Kristiansson
Kessy Abarenkov
Published in MycoKeys
Volume 12
Pages 29-40
ISSN 1314-4057
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 29-40
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.3897/mycokeys.12.7553
https://gup.ub.gu.se/file/205122
Keywords Fungi, environmental sequencing, taxonomic orphans, metabarcoding, taxonomy feedback loop
Subject categories Bioinformatics (Computational Biology), Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Botany, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Biological Systematics, Agricultural Science, Forest Science, Soil biology, Microbiology and immunology

Abstract

Environmental sequencing regularly recovers fungi that cannot be classified to any meaningful taxonomic level beyond “Fungi”. There are several examples where evidence of such lineages has been sitting in public sequence databases for up to ten years before receiving scientific attention and formal recognition. In order to highlight these unidentified lineages for taxonomic scrutiny, a search function is presented that produces updated lists of approximately genus-level clusters of fungal ITS sequences that remain unidentified at the phylum, class, and order levels, respectively. The search function (https://unite.ut.ee/top50.php) is implemented in the UNITE database for molecular identification of fungi, such that the underlying sequences and fungal lineages are open to third-party annotation. We invite researchers to examine these enigmatic fungal lineages in the hope that their taxonomic resolution will not have to wait another ten years or more.

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