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Phenotypic studies and molecular phylogeny and parasites of zoosporic organisms: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Allomyces spp., Saprolegnia spp. and Rozella spp.

Grant number: 15/05596-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology
Principal Investigator:Domingos da Silva Leite
Grantee:Domingos da Silva Leite
Host Investigator: Timothy Yong James
Host Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Michigan, United States  


Recently, the genomes of two kinds of Cryptomycota were sequenced and these data allowed the classification of the group and the most basal branch of the phylogenetic tree showed that the fungi and Cryptomycota phylum includes the cryptic parasite microsporidia group. As common parasites in aquatic and marine ecosystems, knowledge of the diversity and ecological role of Cryptomycota will be fundamental for understanding nutrient cycling and control of host population dynamics. Moreover, it is likely that Cryptomycota may also infect humans, livestock, or animals of conservation concern. The research training aims to enable: i) Training for identifications of parasites in zoosporic organisms by phyla Chytridiomycota, Blastocladiomycota, Oomycota, Crytomycota, ii) Training in the use of molecular and genomics techniques to phylogenetic studies of zoosporic organisms, iii) training in bioinformatics for phylogenetic studies of zoosporic organisms, iv) determine the impact of these parasites in populations of zoosporic organisms.

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LETCHER, PETER M.; LONGCORE, JOYCE E.; QUANDT, C. ALISHA; LEITE, DOMINGOS DA SILVA; JAMES, TIMOTHY Y.; POWELL, MARTHA J.. Morphological, molecular, and ultrastructural characterization of Rozella rhizoclosmatii, a new species in Cryptomycota. FUNGAL BIOLOGY, v. 121, n. 1, p. 1-10, . (15/05596-4)
LETCHER, PETER M.; LONGCORE, JOYCE E.; JAMES, TIMOTHY Y.; LEITE, DOMINGOS S.; SIMMONS, DAVID RABERN; POWELL, MARTHA J.. Morphology, Ultrastructure, and Molecular Phylogeny of Rozella multimorpha, a New Species in Cryptomycota. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, v. 65, n. 2, p. 180-190, . (15/05596-4)

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