A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex

McTaggart, A.R., Shivas, R., Geering, A., Vanky, K, & Scharaschkin, T. (2012) A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex. Persoonia, 29, pp. 55-62.

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The fungal genera Ustilago, Sporisorium and Macalpinomyces represent an unresolved complex. Taxa within the complex often possess characters that occur in more than one genus, creating uncertainty for species placement. Previous studies have indicated that the genera cannot be separated by morphology alone. Here we chronologically review the history of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex, argue for its resolution and suggest methods to accomplish a stable taxonomy. A combined molecular and morphological approach is required to identify synapomorphic characters that underpin a new classification. Ustilago, Sporisorium and Macalpinomyces require explicit re-description and new genera, based on monophyletic groups, are needed to accommodate taxa that no longer fit the emended descriptions. A resolved classification will end the taxonomic confusion that surrounds generic placement of these smut fungi.

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ID Code: 57965
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: DOI: 10.3767/003158512X660283
Keywords: smut fungi, systematics, Ustilaginaceae
ISSN: 0031-5850
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > MICROBIOLOGY (060500) > Mycology (060505)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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