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Molecular characterization of fungi from genus Cladosporium

Grant number: 13/22804-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2013
Effective date (End): November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology - Biology and Physiology of Microorganisms
Principal Investigator:André Rodrigues
Grantee:Bruna Cristina Custodio
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/16765-0 - DNA barcoding and biotechnological potential of microfungi associated with leaf-cutting ants, AP.JP


Previous results on fungi isolated from attine ant nests showed that the internal transcribed spacer region unsuccessfully resolved the identification of Cladosporium isolates at the species level. In the present study, by combining sequencing of the elongation factor alpha gene (EF1-a) and phylogenetic analyses of 30 unidentified Cladosporium isolates, we expect to assess whether the EF1-a has enough taxonomic resolution to barcode the fungal isolates recovered from the ant nests.

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