What's better for ruminants than having ruminal anaerobic fungi? Having even MORE ruminal anaerobic fungi! A recently published study reports that certain plants can promote anaerobic fungal growth/activity, and may have potential as a future feed additive.
A paper describing the characterisation of a brand new anaerobic fungal genus and associated species has just been published - that makes seven genera now! "Buwchfawromyces eastonii gen. nov., sp. nov.: a new anaerobic fungus (Neocallimastigomycota) isolated from buffalo faeces" http://mycokeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4799
A recently published study has reported on the successful use of anaerobic fungi as a silage inoculant - but perhaps the most interesting thing (for me at least) is that one of the isolates used in the study was isolated from the termite gut! We may have to rethink our understanding of host range....
Amazing insight as to how to get some of those uncultivated microbes - and so simple! http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/2014/12/the-great-plate-count-anomaly-that-is-no-more.html
Six genera of anaerobic fungi are currently recognised, but recent studies have shown there is at least ten more that are likely to exist! One of the latest papers on this topic is: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091928
Anaerobic fungi are sensitive to oxygen, but our understanding of their mechanisms to tolerate oxygen exposure is slowly progressing. http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/141104/srep06892/full/srep06892.html
Are you new to anaerobic fungi? And/or want to know what research progress has been made in the last 5-10 years? Then there are two review articles, published this year by members of our network, that are great starting points for you: Gruninger, Robert J., et al. "Anaerobic fungi (phylum Neocallimastigomycota): advances in understanding their … Continue reading The literature – where to start?