Industrial Effluents Harbor a Unique Diversity of Fungal Community Structures as Revealed by High-throughput Sequencing Analysis
Timothy Sibanda 2  
Sudharshan Sekar 3  
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Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UNISA Florida Campus, Florida, South Africa
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Center for Ecological Genomics and Wildlife Conservation, Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Ramganesh Selvarajan   

UNISA, Christian de wet road, 1710 Florida, South Africa
Online publish date: 2019-01-29
Publish date: 2019-03-01
Submission date: 2018-03-23
Final revision date: 2018-05-01
Acceptance date: 2018-05-06
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2019;28(4):2353–2362
The actual extent of fungal diversity in different environmental media is still a subject of ongoing research. Little is currently known about the diversity of fungal populations in industrial streams. This study characterized the fungal diversity of different industrial effluents using a high-throughput sequencing approach. A total of 234617 quality filtered reads were obtained from the collected wastewater samples. Phylogenetic taxonomy revealed that resident fungal communities were classified as 6 phyla, 31 classes, 79 orders, 144 families, and 192 genera. Ascomycota and Basidiomycota were the most dominant phyla whose relative abundance ranged from 23.29% to 38.31%, and 17.34% to 33.51%, respectively. Recovered operational taxonomic units (OTUs) ranged from 292 (Dixon) to 427 (Capegate). The existence of some fungal genera identified in the industrial wastewaters correlated to physicochemical variables and had the potential to play important roles in organic decomposition, pollutant degradation, and xenobiotic transformation. Meanwhile, the occurrence of unclassified fungal sequences (22.5% to 33.09%) suggests that these effluents are a potential reservoir of as-yet uncharacterized fungal species.