In the field of genomics and transcriptomics, in 2013, the IC Mycosmo became an important centre when we obtained sequence data of the first genomes of eukaryotic organisms in Slovenia. Even today, it is still one of the rare Slovenian centres that have at their disposal their own sequences of eukaryotic genomes, and have at the same time the appropriate knowledge for their analysis. The speciality of the data obtained within the IC Mycosmo is that the genomic data belong to halophilic/ extremely halotolerant fungi, which is unique not only for Slovenia, but also on a global scale. This knowledge and data are both at the disposal of outside users.


The genome of the extremely halotolerant black yeast Hortaea werneckii. 

Collaboration with Canadian scientists from the University of UBC and the Canadian Centre for Genomics (GSC) led to the determination of the genomic sequence of the black yeast Hortaea werneckii. This also represented the definition of the first genome of a salt-resistant yeast at a global level. 


The genome of the obligately halophilic fungus Wallemia ichthyophaga. 

Wallemia ichthyophaga was discovered in Sečovelje salterns, Slovenia, in a collaboration with scientists from the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in China.


The genomes of four varieties of the black yeast Aureobasidium pullulans. 

These black yeast were isolated from different environments around the world. (, through a collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) within the US Agency for Energy. 



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doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-617; COBISS.SI-ID 2916687; ISSN 1471-2164;

Gostinčar, C., Ohm, R., Kogej, T. , Sonjak, S., Turk, M., Zajc, J., Zalar, P., Grube, M., Sun, H., Han, J., Sharma, A, Chiniquy, J., Ngan, C.Y., Lipzen, A., Barry, K., Grigoriev, I., Gunde-Cimerman, N. Genome sequencing of four aureobasidium pullulans varieties : biotechnological potential, stress tolerance, and description of new species. Bmc genomics, issn 1471-2164, 2014, vol. 15, str. 1-28. Http://, doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-549.