Investigating Wood Decaying Fungi Diversity in Central Siberia, Russia Using ITS Sequence Analysis and Interaction with Host Trees

Ji-Hyun PARK, Igor N. PAVLOV, Min-Ji KIM, Myung Soo PARK, Seung-Yoon OH, Ki Hyeong PARK, Jonathan J. FONG, Young Woon LIM*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Wood-decay fungi (WDF) play a significant role in recycling nutrients, using enzymatic and mechanical processes to degrade wood. Designated as a biodiversity hot spot, Central Siberia is a geographically important region for understanding the spatial distribution and the evolutionary processes shaping biodiversity. There have been several studies of WDF diversity in Central Siberia, but identification of species was based on morphological characteristics, lacking detailed descriptions and molecular data. Thus, the aim of this study was to identify WDF in Central Siberia, regarding the degradation of host trees based on both morphological and molecular analyses. We collected 106 WDF samples from Krasnoyarsk and the Republic of Khakassia in 2014 and 2017, and identified a total of 52 fungal species from six main host tree genera. In order to assess the host preference of the WDF, we examined previous literature, and data from this study. We confirmed a division in host preference of WDF between gymnosperms and angiosperms. DNA-based identification and host preference assessment of the WDF provide preliminary data on WDF diversity and their role in nutrient cycles in the ecosystem of Central Siberia. To fully understand WDF diversity in Central Siberia, continuous long-term surveys, including DNA sequence data, are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2535
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fungal Diversity and Sustainability)

This research was funded by the project on Korea Basidiomycota Resources Center of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Korean government, grant number NRF2015M3A9B8029237.


  • Central Siberia
  • Host preference
  • ITS sequence
  • Wood-decay fungi


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