This fungus thrives in a variety of environments and has been found on plants, PVC pipes and even on the walls of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The genomic information would be useful for researchers studying ionizing radiation and to understand the role this fungus plays in glacial habitats being affected by climate change. From a bioenergy perspective, the yeast-like fungus may hold enzymes that can help break down biomass.
Principal Investigators: Martina Turk, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Program: CSP 2011