Soral synapomorphies are significant for the systematics of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex (Ustilaginaceae)

McTaggart, A.R., Shivas, R.G., Geering, A.D.W., Callaghan, B., Vanky, K., & Scharaschkin, T. (2012) Soral synapomorphies are significant for the systematics of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex (Ustilaginaceae). Persoonia, 29, pp. 63-77.

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The genera Ustilago, Sporisorium and Macalpinomyces are a polyphyletic complex of plant pathogenic fungi. The four main morphological characters used to define these genera have been considered homoplasious and not useful for resolving the complex. This study re-evaluates character homology and discusses the use of these characters for defining monophyletic groups recovered from a reconstructed phylogeny using four nuclear loci. Generic delimitation of smut fungi based on their hosts is also discussed as a means for identifying genera within this group. Morphological characters and host specificity can be used to circumscribe genera within the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex.

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ID Code: 57971
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: DOI: 10.3767/003158512X660562
Keywords: Columella, Maximum Likelihood, Morphology, Peridium, Smut Fungi, Spore Balls, Sterile Cells, Systematics, Ustilaginales
ISSN: 0031-5850
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Nationaal Herbarium Nederland & Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures
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Deposited On: 10 Mar 2013 23:54
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