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Research Project: Alternatives to Antibiotics: Developing Novel Strategies to Improve Animal Welfare and Production Efficiency in Swine and Dairy

Location: Animal Biosciences & Biotechnology Laboratory

Title: Draft Genome Sequences of Kazachstania slooffiae, isolated from post-weaning piglet feces

item Davies, Cary
item ARFKEN, ANN - US Department Of Agriculture (USDA)
item Foster Frey, Juli
item Summers, Katie

Submitted to: Microbiology Resource Announcements
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/31/2021
Publication Date: 8/26/2021
Citation: Summers, K.L., Foster Frey, J.A., Arfken, A.M., Davies, C.L. 2021. Draft Genome Sequences of Kazachstania slooffiae, isolated from post-weaning piglet feces. Microbiology Resource Announcements.

Interpretive Summary: Kazachstania slooffiae is the most dominant fungus found in the gastrointestinal tract and feces of piglets after weaning. Despite previous studies implicating its ability to benefit the gut and overall health of pigs, little is known about its growth requirements, antimicrobial susceptibility, and biofilm growth characteristics. Due to its potential role in piglet health and growth, scientists at the Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland sequenced the genome of K. slooffiae to create a draft genome with the potential for extensive genetic annotation. These results are an important step in defining the role and interactions of K. slooffiae in the porcine gut environment.

Technical Abstract: Kazachstania slooffiae is a dimorphic fungus which colonizes the feces and gastrointestinal tract of post-weaning pigs. This fungus persists in the gut environment of piglets into adulthood and is implicated in playing a role in porcine health through microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions. Here, we report a draft genome for K. slooffiae ABBL.