The first data on fungi and fungus-like organisms in Lake Baikal
The first data on the taxonomic composition of the main groups of fungi and fungi-like organisms in the grounds of coastal zone of Lake Baikal using metagenomic analysis based on the 18S rDNA (region V4) and ITS2 were obtained. Fungi were represented by five divisions: Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, Zoopagomycota, Chitridiomycota and Blastocladiomycota. There were also Cryptomycota, unclassified fungi and representatives of oomycetes and labyrinthulomycetes. Differences in the distribution of the main divisions of fungi in various sites of the lake were found. The creation of a unique collection of cultures of fungi and fungi-like organisms of Lake Baikal has begun which can be useful for further eco-physiological and biochemical studies.
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