Department Aquatic Ecology

Malacosporean genome

Myxozoans are ubiquitous fish parasites, highly reduced in morphology but recently shown to be related to cnidarians. The handful of myxosporean genomes sequenced to date indicate a very small genome size and many putative genes linked to virulence and immune evasion. Myxozoa comprises two major groups, the speciose Myxosporea and its sister group, the Malacosporea. Very few malacosporeans have been described to date, despite being the causative agents of severe fish diseases, such as the Proliferative Kidney Disease of salmonids. This project aims to generate the first malacosporean genome, using technologies such as Whole-Genome Amplification and PacBio and Illumina sequencing.