A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex

McTaggart, A. R. and Shivas, R. G. and Geering, A. D. W. and Vanky, K. and Scharaschkin, T. (2012) A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex. Persoonia: Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi, 29. pp. 55-62. ISSN 0031-5850

Abstract

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 based on 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.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 31359
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 22:20
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 22:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smut fungi; Systematic; Ustilaginaceae; APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY; METHODS AND TECHNIQUES; Taxonomy and Systematics; APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY; GENERAL CONCEPTS; Reviews; APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY; MICROBIAL METABOLISM AND PHYSIOLOGY; Microbial Physiology; Morphology and ultrastructure;
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060702 Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3767/003158512X660283
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31359

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only