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Isolation of Fungi from Healthy and Blue-Stain Infected Piñon at the Sevilleta LTER Zachary T. Gossage 1, Joanna Redfern 2, Paulette Ford 3, William Pockman.

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1 Isolation of Fungi from Healthy and Blue-Stain Infected Piñon at the Sevilleta LTER Zachary T. Gossage 1, Joanna Redfern 2, Paulette Ford 3, William Pockman 2, Nate McDowell 4, Donald Natvig 2, Andrea Porras-Alfaro 1, 2, Department of Biological Sciences 1. Western Illinois University, 2. University of New Mexico, 3. Forest Service, 4. Los Alamos National Lab Piñon trees in piñon-juniper woodlands in the Southwest have been showing increase mortality due in part to major droughts that have been impacting this area. However, it is unclear if drought-induced morality is the sole cause. Under stress conditions, piñon trees are commonly attack by bark beetles (Ips confusus) and blue-stain fungi (Ophiostoma sp.). We described wood-associated fungal communities isolated from cores of healthy and bark-beetle damage trees. Samples were taken from healthy and dying piñon from experimental plots in a piñon-juniper woodland at the LTER site in the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, NM. The experiment utilizes different treatments: excluding 50% of ambient precipitation, 150% mean annual precipitation, exclusion control and environmental controls. Cores were taken from trees, surface sterilize, cut into 1-2 cm sections and plated on PDA (potato dextrose agar) with antibiotics. Isolates were sequenced using the ITS rDNA barcode region. An approximate total of 155 unique sequences were obtained. The wood endophytic communities were dominated by Pleosporales, Dothidiales and Xylariales. Common genera include Penicillium, Hormonema and Pestalotiopsis. Fungi within the genus Ophiostoma were also recovered from bark-bettle damage trees. This initial characterization of wood-isolated fungi will help document potential dormant pathogens and changes in community with the arrival of blue-stain fungi due to insect attack. >AM427_2 3.1 (sequenced obtained from an insect) CGCGCCTCTCCCCCCCAGGTCCCTTCGGGGCGCCCGCCAGCGGCCGCGAG CCGCCCGAACCTCTTATAAACCGTAACCGAACCGTCTGAGAAACAAACAA AAACAGCCAAAACTTTCAACAACGGATCTCTTGGCTCTGGCATCGATGAA GAACGCAGCGAAATGCGATACGTAATGCGAATTGCAGAATTCAGCGAGTC ATCGAATCTTTGAACGCACATTGCGCCCGCCAGCATTCTGGCGGGCATGC CTGTCCGAGCGTCATTTCCCCCCTCAGCGCGCCCTTCTGGGAGCGCTGGC GTTGGGGCTCCTCCGCCCTCTGTGGCGGCAGGGCCCTCAAATCCAGTGGC GGGCCCGTCTGGCTGGCTCCGAGCGCAGTACCGAACGCAAGTTCTCCTCT CGCTTCGTAGCCCCGGCCGGCGCCCAGCCGTCAAGCCGCGCAGGCGACTC TTCCAGGGCCGCCTCGCACTTTTTTACAAGGTTGACCTCGGATCAGGTAG GACTACCCGCTGAACTTAAGCATATCAATAAGCGGAGGAA Methods: -Analysis of different types of fungi associated with different sources. GenBank HitClosest GenusOrderPhylumOther habitatsE-valueBit ScoreIdentities % AF013228SydowiaDothidealesAscomycotaVarious plant hosts DQ078308PestalotiopsisXylarialesAscomycotaSoil AY373901PenicilliumEurotialesAscomycotaSoil GQ121322AlternariaPleosporalesAscomycota Soil Carpet, Textiles GU566303AlternariaPleosporales Ascomycota Soil, Carpet, Textiles FN868479TruncatellaXylarialesAscomycotaSoil FN868480PestalotiopsisXylarialesAscomycotaSoil GU244511DiscostromaXylarialesAscomycotaPlant hosts Most Abundant Endophytes Acknowledgments This project is currently funded by Forest Service and an WIU URC Summer Grant, DOE and NSF Sevilleta LTER grant. FUNGAL MOLECULAR ECOLOGY LAB Blue stain fungi- the plant pathogen: Ophiostoma sp. Abstract Dead Trees Living Trees Plated on Agar Cultures Isolated Sequenced Experimental Plots: a)Precipitation Exclusion b)Added Precipitation c)Exclusion Control d)Environmental Control Experimental Plots: a)Precipitation Exclusion b)Added Precipitation c)Exclusion Control d)Environmental Control BLAST Examine Sampling from: Cores Leaves Roots Beetles Sydowia polyspora Pestalotiopsis sp. Penicillium canescensAlternaria alternata Sydowia polyspora was the most common fungal endophyte isolated from twigs, needles and insects. Roots were mainly colonized by a fungus related to Penicillium. Multiple species of Alternaria and Pestalotiopsis were also found in needles and twigs. Twigs Distribution of the Most Abundant Fungal EndophytesDistribution of All Isolates Based on Order Ascomycota was the dominant phylum found in P. edulis. At the order level, Dothidiales, Pleosporales and Xylariales are the dominant taxa colonizing twigs, and needles. Roots were mainly colonized by fungi in the Eurotiales and Hypocreales. These orders include a number of fungal pathogens and known endophytic fungi. Multiple species of Ophiostoma have been shown to be plant pathogens and dubbed ‘blue-stain fungi’ due to the staining they cause on their host’s tissue. In a 2009 survey of the Piñon-Juniper woodlands in New Mexico, O. montium and O. minus were isolated from dead or dying trees multiple times. Beshers et al measured mortality rates of trees in soil depleted of water after 15 months of drought conditions. Extensive mortality was shown, exceeding 90 percent of Pinus edulis. A relationship among drought, bark beetles (a known pathogen), and fungi was recognized with later research. S. polyspora, or Hormonema dematoides, is a known endophytic fungi. It has shown potential in producing medically important chemicals such as hormonemate (causes apoptosis) (Filip 2003). Also can be a pathogen causing tip dieback. P. canescens has been shown to produce xylanase, which could be useful for industrial purposes (Bakri 2003). A. alternata is a known plant pathogen; causes blight in potatoes and leaf spot disease. This species has been shown to have seven pathotypes that produce host-specific toxins (R Hatta et. al 2002). Pestalotiopsis contains fungi that are very difficult to distinguish at the species level. They generally don’t show host-specificity. Most species have been identified as plant pathogens and the rest are saprobes or endophytic fungi (Wei 2004). (http://www.mycology.adelaid e.edu.au/images/Alternariq.gif) (Allen 2007) (http://www.bcrc.firdi.org. tw/fungi/fungal_detail.jsp ?id=FU ) (Filip 2003) (http://people.ucsc.edu/~g gilbert/images_lab/pestalo tiopsis.jpg) Preliminary analysis of fungal sequences using BLAST Three mortality in the southwest Ophiostoma sp. fruiting bodies Piñon infected with Ophiostoma


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