Calcarisporiella thermophila CBS 279.70

Credit: Corinne Darmond

Genome Project

— Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, Concordia University

EST Project

— Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, Concordia University

Species Information (from MycoBank)

Current name

Calcarisporiella thermophila (H.C. Evans) de Hoog 1974 (1)


Calcarisporium thermophilum H.C. Evans 1971 (2)

Morphic status

Anamorph (teleomorph unknown)

Lineage (from Index fungorum)

Fungi; Incertae sedis; Incertae sedis; Incertae sedis; Incertae sedis; Calcarisporiella


This species grows between 20° and 45°C, with an optimum at 40°C (1). It has been isolated from coal spoil tips as well as thermal effluent of a nuclear power plant (2,3).

Interesting Features

Decomposer of lignocellulose

The lignocellulose-degrading abilities of this species do not appear to have been reported previously.

Thermoactive enzymes

No enzymes from this organism appear to have been characterized previously.

Bioactive molecules

Calcarisporiella thermophila can produce antifungal metabolites, such as 15-azahomosterol derivatives with good antifungal activities against Candida parapsiliosis (4).


1. deHoog, GS (1974) The genera Blastobotrys, Sporothrix, Calcarisporium and Calcarisporiella gen. nov. Studies in Mycology 7:1-84.

2. Evans, H.C., Thermophilous fungi of coal spoil tips. I. Taxonomy. Transactions of the British Mycological Society, 1971. 57: p. 241-254.

3. Rippon JW et al. (1980) Thermophillic and thermotolerant fungi isolated from the thermal effluent of nuclear power generating reactors: Dispersal of human opportunistic and veterinary pathogenic fungi. Mycopathologia 70: 169-179

4. Chrisp P, Dewick PM and Boyle FT (1990) Antifungal antibiotics from Calcarisporium thermophilum: a new source of 15-azahomosterol derivatives. Z Naturforsch C 45: 179-86.