Annotating public fungal ITS sequences from the built environment according to the MIxS-Built Environment standard – a report from a May 23-24, 2016 workshop (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Journal article, 2016

Recent molecular studies have identified substantial fungal diversity in indoor environments. Fungi and fungal particles have been linked to a range of potentially unwanted effects in the built environment, including asthma, decay of building materials, and food spoilage. The study of the built mycobiome is hampered by a number of constraints, one of which is the poor state of the metadata annotation of fungal DNA sequences from the built environment in public databases. In order to enable precise interrogation of such data – for example, “retrieve all fungal sequences recovered from bathrooms” – a workshop was organized at the University of Gothenburg (May 23-24, 2016) to annotate public fungal barcode (ITS) sequences according to the MIxS-Built Environment annotation standard (http://gensc.org/mixs/). The 36 participants assembled a total of 45,488 data points from the published literature, including the addition of 8,430 instances of countries of collection from a total of 83 countries, 5,801 instances of building types, and 3,876 instances of surface-air contaminants. The results were implemented in the UNITE database for molecular identification of fungi (http://unite.ut.ee) and were shared with other online resources. Data obtained from human/animal pathogenic fungi will furthermore be verified on culture based metadata for subsequent inclusion in the ISHAM-ITS database (http://its.mycologylab.org).

ITS

Indoor fungi

Mycobiome

Built environment

Annotation

Author

Kessy Abarenkov

University of Tartu

Rachel I. Adams

University of California

Irinyi Laszlo

Westmead Institute for Medical Research

The University of Sydney

Westmead Hospital

Ahto Agan

Estonian Institute of Ecology

Elia Ambrosio

University of Tartu

Estonian Institute of Ecology

Alexandre Antonelli

University of Gothenburg

Mohammad Bahram

Estonian Institute of Ecology

Evolutionary Biology Centre

Johan Bengtsson-Palme

University of Gothenburg

Gunilla Bok

SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB

Patrik Cangren

University of Gothenburg

Victor R. M. Coimbra

University of Gothenburg

Claudia Coleine

Universita degli Studi della Tuscia Viterbo

Claes G. R. Gustafsson

University of Gothenburg

Jinhong He

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Tobias Hofmann

University of Gothenburg

Erik Kristiansson

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Statistics

University of Gothenburg

Ellen Larsson

University of Gothenburg

Tomas Larsson

University of Gothenburg

Yingkui Liu

University of Gothenburg

Svante Martinsson

University of Gothenburg

Wieland Meyer

Westmead Hospital

The University of Sydney

Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Marina Panova

University of Gothenburg

Nuttapon Pombubpa

University of California

Camila Ritter

University of Gothenburg

Martin Ryberg

Evolutionary Biology Centre

Sten Svantesson

University of Gothenburg

Ruud Scharn

University of Gothenburg

Ola Svensson

University of Gothenburg

Mats H. Töpel

University of Gothenburg

Martin Unterseher

University of Greifswald

Cobus Visagie

Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

University of Ottawa, Canada

Christian Wurzbacher

University of Gothenburg

Andy F.S. Taylor

University of Aberdeen

The James Hutton Institute

Urmas Kõljalg

Estonian Institute of Ecology

University of Tartu

Lynn Schriml

University of Maryland

R. Henrik Nilsson

University of Gothenburg

MycoKeys

1314-4057 (ISSN) 1314-4049 (eISSN)

Vol. 16 1-15

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DOI

10.3897/mycokeys.16.10000

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