Archaea are prominent members of the prokaryotic communities colonizing common forest mushrooms

Can J Microbiol. 2018 Oct;64(10):716-726. doi: 10.1139/cjm-2018-0035. Epub 2018 May 7.


In this study, the abundance and composition of prokaryotic communities associated with the inner tissue of fruiting bodies of Suillus bovinus, Boletus pinophilus, Cantharellus cibarius, Agaricus arvensis, Lycoperdon perlatum, and Piptoporus betulinus were analyzed using culture-independent methods. Our findings indicate that archaea and bacteria colonize the internal tissues of all investigated specimens and that archaea are prominent members of the prokaryotic community. The ratio of archaeal 16S rRNA gene copy numbers to those of bacteria was >1 in the fruiting bodies of four out of six fungal species included in the study. The largest proportion of archaeal 16S rRNA gene sequences belonged to thaumarchaeotal classes Terrestrial group, Miscellaneous Crenarchaeotic Group (MCG), and Thermoplasmata. Bacterial communities showed characteristic compositions in each fungal species. Bacterial classes Gammaproteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacilli, and Clostridia were prominent among communities in fruiting body tissues. Bacterial populations in each fungal species had different characteristics. The results of this study imply that fruiting body tissues are an important habitat for abundant and diverse populations of archaea and bacteria.

Keywords: archaea; archées; bacteria; bactéries; champignon; mushroom; qPCR; sequencing; séquençage.

MeSH terms

  • Agaricales*
  • Archaea / genetics
  • Archaea / isolation & purification*
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Forests*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S