Journal article

Diversity, ecology, and evolution in Phycomyces

Lola P Camino, Alexander Idnurm, Enrique Cerda-Olmedo

Fungal Biology | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015


The fungal genus Phycomyces (Mucoromycotina, Mucorales) has been revised by examining 96 strains, received from established collections or newly isolated from different environments. Morphology, sexuality, DNA sequences, and population structure clearly identify the genus and set it apart from other Mucorales. The size of the spores, the sexual interactions, the sequences of genes sexM and sexP that determine sexual identity, and the DNA for ribosomal RNAs validate the species Phycomyces blakesleeanus and Phycomyces nitens and the family Phycomycetaceae. Isolates from the same sample of biomass often differ in spore size, sex, DNA sequences, and restriction-length polymorphisms. The widest d..

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Awarded by Fundacion Jose Miguel Villar Mir, Junta de Andalucia

Awarded by Spanish Government

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by United States National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

We appreciate the help of Prof. Carlos M. Herrera with numerical analysis. Dr. Atsushi Miyazaki, Dr. James Swezey, and Dr. Seung-Beom Hong provided Phycomyces strains from culture collections and Juan Pino Palma, Prof. Cesare Saiz, and the volunteers in Table 1 collected Phycomyces samples (Table 1). We thank Prof. Gabriel Gutierrez, Dr. Silvia Polaino, Dr. Viplendra Shakya, and Marta Perez-Alcantara for their assistance. This research was supported by Fundacion Jose Miguel Villar Mir, Junta de Andalucia (P08-CVI-03901), the Spanish Government (BIO2012-38520 and BIO2012-39716), Australian Research Council (FT130100146), and the United States National Science Foundation (grant MCB-0920581).