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One stop shop: backbones trees for important phytopathogenic 5 genera: I

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Many fungi are pathogenic on plants and cause significant damage in agriculture and forestry. They are also part of the natural ecosystem and may play a role in regulating plant numbers/density. Morphological identification and analysis of plant pathogenic fungi while important is often hampered by the scarcity of discriminatory taxonomic characters and the endophytic or inconspicuous nature of these fungi. Molecular (DNA sequence) data for plant pathogenic fungi have emerged as key information for diagnostic and classification studies although hampered in part by non-standard laboratory practices and analytical methods. To facilitate current and future research this study provides phylogenetic synopses for 25 groups of plant pathogenic fungi in the Ascomycota Basidiomycota Mucormycotina (Fungi) and Oomycota using recent molecular data up-to-date names and the latest taxonomic insights. Lineage-specific laboratory protocols together with advice on their application as well as general observations are also provided. We hope to maintain updated backbone trees of these fungal lineages over time and to publish them jointly as new data emerge. Researchers of plant pathogenic fungi not covered by the present study are invited to join this future effort. Bipolaris Botryosphaeriaceae Botryosphaeria Botrytis Choanephora Colletotrichum Curvularia Diaporthe Diplodia Dothiorella Fusarium Gilbertella Lasiodiplodia Mucor Neofusicoccum Pestalotiopsis Phyllosticta Phytophthora Puccinia Pyrenophora Pythium Rhizopus Stagonosporopsis Ustilago and Verticillium are dealt with in this paper.

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