Cryptic fungal species unmasked

Shivas, Roger G. ORCID: and Cai, Lei (2012) Cryptic fungal species unmasked. Microbiology Australia, 33 (1). pp. 36-37. ISSN 1324-4272


The word cryptic is derived from the Greek adjective kruptós which means hidden. Morphologically indistinguishable species that have been revealed by molecular phylogenetic methods, and ultimately only recognised by their DNA sequences, are referred to as cryptic species. The importance of cryptic species for plant pathologists is that they may have significant differences in the severity of diseases they cause, host range and geographic distribution. It is these differences that are of concern to many biosecurity agencies, particularly in Australia.

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Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060704 Plant Pathology
06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060702 Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310805 Plant pathology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310803 Plant cell and molecular biology
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