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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology

Title: One Fungus, One Name: Defining the genus Fusarium in a scientifically robust way that preserves longstanding use

item Geiser, David -
item Aoki, Takayuki -
item Bacon, Charles
item Baker, Scott -
item Bhattacharyya, Madan -
item Brandt, Mary -
item Brown, Daren
item Burgess, Lester -
item Coleman, Jeffrey -
item Correll, James -
item Covert, Sarah -
item Crous, Pedro -
item Cuomo, Christina -
item DE Hoog, G. Sybren -
item Elmer, Wade -
item Epstein, Lynn -
item Frandsen, Rasmus -
item Freeman, Stanley -
item Glenn, Anthony
item Gordon, Thomas -
item Hanson, Linda
item Del Mar Jimenez-Gasc, Maria -
item Kang, Seogchan -
item Kistler, H
item Kuldau, Gretchen -
item McCormick, Susan
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Proctor, Robert
item Rehner, Stephen
item Robert, Vincent -
item Rooney, Alejandro
item Thrane, Ulf -
item Van Diepeningen, Ann -
item Ward, Todd
item Wingfield, Michael -
item Yang, Xiao-Bing -

Submitted to: Phytopathology
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: November 12, 2012
Publication Date: May 1, 2013
Citation: Geiser, D.M., Aoki, T., Bacon, C.W., Baker, S.E., Bhattacharyya, M.K., Brandt, M.E., Brown, D.W., Burgess, L.W., Coleman, J.J., Correll, J.C., Covert, S.F., Crous, P.W., Cuomo, C.A., De Hoog, G., Elmer, W.H., Epstein, L., Frandsen, R.J., Freeman, S., Glenn, A.E., Gordon, T.R., Hanson, L.E., Del Mar Jimenez-Gasc, M., Kang, S., Kistler, J., Kuldau, G.A., McCormick, S.P., O'Donnell, K., Proctor, R., Rehner, S.A., Robert, V.A., Rooney, A.P., Thrane, U., Van Diepeningen, A., Ward, T.J., Wingfield, M.J., Yang, X, et. al. 2013. One Fungus, One Name: Defining the genus Fusarium in a scientifically robust way that preserves longstanding use. Phytopathology. 103(5):400-408.

Technical Abstract: In this letter, we advocate recognizing the genus Fusarium as the sole name for a group that includes virtually all Fusarium species of importance in plant pathology, mycotoxicology, medicine and basic research. This phylogenetically-guided circumscription will free scientists from any obligation to use other genus names, including teleomorphs, for species nested within this clade, and preserve the application of the name Fusarium in the way it has been used for close to a century. Due to recent changes in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (16), this is an urgent matter that requires community attention. The alternative is to break the longstanding concept of Fusarium into nine or more genera, and remove important taxa such as those in the F. solani species complex from the genus, a move we find unnecessary. Here we argue that our proposal will preserve established research connections and facilitate communication within and between research communities, and at the same time support strong scientific principles and good taxonomic practice.

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