Phylogenetic utility of indels within ribosomal DNA and beta-tubulin sequences from fungi in the Rhizoctonia solani species complex.
The genus Rhizoctonia consists of a diverse assemblage of anamorphic fungi frequently associated with plants and soil throughout the world. Some anamorphs are related with teleomorphs (sexual stage) in different taxonomic classes, orders, and families. The fungus may exist as pathogen, saprophyte, or mycorrhizal symbiont and shows extensive variation in characteristics such as geographic location, morphology, host specificity, and pathogenicity. In this study, phylogenetic analyses were performed in the Rhizoctonia solani species complex with individual and combined data sets from three gene partitions (ITS, LSU rDNA, and beta-tubulin). To explore whether indels were a source of phylogenetically informative characters, single-site indels were treated as a new state, while indels greater than one contiguous nucleotide were analyzed by including them as ambiguous data (Coding A); excluding them from the analyses (Coding B), and with three distinct codes: multistate for different sequence (Coding C); multistate for different length (Coding D) and different characters for each distinct sequence (Coding E). Results suggest that indels in noncoding regions contain phylogenetic information and support the fact that the R. solani species complex is not monophyletic. Six clades within R. solani (teleomorph=Thanatephorus) representing distinct anastomosis groups and five clades within binucleate Rhizoctonia (teleomorph=Ceratobasidium) were well supported in all analyses. The data suggest that clades with representatives of R. solani fungi belonging to anastomosis groups 1, 4, 6, and 8 should be recognized as phylogenetic species.
González, D; Cubeta, MA; Vilgalys, R
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