A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex

McTaggart, A. R., Shivas, R. G., Geering, A. D. W., Vanky, K. and Scharaschkin, T. (2012) A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex. Persoonia, 29 55-62. doi:10.3767/003158512X660283

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Author McTaggart, A. R.
Shivas, R. G.
Geering, A. D. W.
Vanky, K.
Scharaschkin, T.
Title A review of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex
Journal name Persoonia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-5850
1878-9080
Publication date 2012-11-27
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3767/003158512X660283
Volume 29
Start page 55
End page 62
Total pages 8
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Nationaal Herbarium Nederland/Leiden Branch
Language eng
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.
Keyword Smut fungi
Systematics
Ustilaginaceae
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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