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Evolution of Fusarium head blight (FHB) and trichothecene mycotoxins


O'Donnell, K., Kistler, H.C., Tacke, B.K. and Casper, H.C. 2000. Gene genealogies reveal global phylogeographic structure and reproductive isolation among lineages of Fusarium graminearum, the fungus causing wheat scab. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97:7905-7910.


O'Donnell, K., Ward, T.J., Geiser, D.M., Kistler, H.C. and Aoki, T. 2004.Genealogical concordance between the mating type locus and seven other nuclear genes supports formal recognition of nine phylogenetically distinct species within the Fusarium graminearum clade. Fungal Genet. Biol. 41:600-623.


O'Donnell, K., Rooney, A.P., Proctor, R.H., Brown, D.W., McCormick, S.P., Ward, T.J., Frandsen, R.J.N., Lys?e, E., Rehner, S.A., Aoki, T., Robert, V.A.R.G., Crous, P.W., Groenewald, J.Z., Kang, S. and Geiser, D.M. 2013. RPB1 and RPB2 phylogeny supports an early Cretaceous origin and a strongly supported clade comprising all agriculturally and medically important fusaria. Fungal Genet. Biol. 52:20-31.


Sarver, B.A.J., Ward, T.J., Gale, L.R., Broz, K., Kistler, H.C., Aoki, T., Nicholson, P., Carter, J. and O'Donnell, K. 2011. Novel Fusarium head blight pathogens from Nepal and Louisiana revealed by multilocus genealogical concordance. Fungal Genet. Biol. 48:1096-1107.


Evolution of the Fusarium solani species complex

[including Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) of soybean]


Aoki, T., O'Donnell, K. and Scandiani, M. 2005. Sudden Death Syndrome of soybean in South America is caused by four species of Fusarium: Fusarium brasiliense sp. nov., F. cuneirostrum sp. nov., F. tucumaniae and F. virguliforme. Mycoscience 46:162-183.


Covert, S.F., Aoki, T., O'Donnell, K., Starkey, D., Holliday, A., Geiser, D.M., Cheung, F., Town, C., Strom, A., Juba, J., Scandiani, M. and Yang, X.B. 2007. Sexual reproduction in the soybean sudden death syndrome pathogen Fusarium tucumaniae. Fungal Genet. Biol. 44:799-807.


Kasson, M.T., O'Donnell, K., Rooney, A.P., Sink, S., Ploetz, R.C., Ploetz, J.N., Konkol, J.L., Carrillo, D., Freeman, S., Mendel, Z., Smith, J.A., Black, A.W., Hulcr, J., Bateman, C., Stefkova, K., Campbell, P.R., Geering, A.D.W., Dann, E.K., Eskalen, A., Mohotti, K., Short, D.P.G., Aoki, T., Fenstermacher, K.A., Davis, D.D. and Geiser, D.M. 2013. An inordinate fondness for Fusarium: Phylogenetic diversity of fusaria cultivated by ambrosia beetles in the genus Euwallacea on avocado and other plant hosts. Fungal Gen. Biol. 56:147-157.


O'Donnell, K. 2000. Molecular phylogeny of the Nectria haematococca - Fusarium solani species complex. Mycologia 92:919-938.


Fusarium genomics

Cuomo, C.A., G?ldener, U., Xu, J.R., Trail, F., Turgeon, B.G., et al. 2007. The Fusarium graminearum genome reveals a link between localized polymorphism and pathogen specialization. Science 317:1400-1402.


Ma, L.-J., Geiser, D.M., Proctor, R.H., Rooney, A.P., O'Donnell, K., Trail, F., Gardiner, D.M., Manners, J.M. and Kazan, K. 2013. Fusarium pathogenomics. Annu. Rev. Microbiol. 67:399-416.


Evolution of the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex

[mycotoxigenic phytopathogens including most fumonisins toxin producers]


O'Donnell, K. and Cigelnik, E. 1997. Two divergent intragenomic rDNA ITS2 types within a monophyletic lineage of the fungus Fusarium are nonorthologous. Mol.Phylogenet. Evol. 7:103-116.


O'Donnell, K., Cigelnik, E. and Nirenberg, H. 1998. Molecular systematics and phylogeography of the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex. Mycologia 90:465-493.


Evolution of the Fusarium oxysporum species complex

[wilt pathogens of many economically important plants]


O'Donnell, K., Kistler, H.C., Cigelnik, E. and Ploetz, R.C. 1998. Multiple evolutionary origins of the fungus causing Panama disease of banana: Concordant evidence from nuclear and mitochondrial gene genealogies. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95:2044-2049.


O'Donnell, K., Gueidan, C., Sink, S., Johnston, P.R., Crous, P.W., Glenn, A., Riley, R., Zitomer, N.C., Colyer, P., Waalwijk, C., van der Lee, T., Moretti, A., Kang, S., Kim, H.-S., Geiser, D.M., Juba, J.H., Baayen, R.P., Cromey, M.G., Bithell, S., Sutton, D.A., Skovgaard, K., Ploetz, R., Kistler, H.C., Elliott, M., Davis, M. and Sarver, B.A.J. 2009. A two-locus DNA sequence database for typing plant and human pathogens within the Fusarium oxysporum species complex. Fungal Genet. Biol. 46:936-948.


Web-based identification of Fusarium

Geiser, D.M., del Mar Jim?nez-Gasco, M., Kang

, S., Makalowska, I., Veeraraghavan, N.,Ward, T. J., Zhang, N., Kuldau, G.A. and O'Donnell, K. 2004. FUSARIUM-ID v.1.0: A DNA sequence database for identifying Fusarium. Europ. J. Plant Pathol. 110:473-479.


O'Donnell, K., Sutton, D.A., Rinaldi, M.G., Sarver, B.A.J., Balajee, S.A., Schroers, H.-J.,

Summerbell, R.C., Robert, V.A.R.G., Crous, P.W., Zhang, N., Aoki, T., Jung, K., Park, J., Lee,

Y.-H., Kang, S., Park, B. and Geiser, D.M. 2010. Internet-accessible DNA sequence database for identifying fusaria from human and animal infections. J. Clin. Microbiol. 48:3708-3718.


Evolution of human pathogenic fusaria

Chang, D.C., Grant, G.B., O'Donnell, K., Wannemuehler, K.A., Noble-Wang, J., Rao, C.Y., Jacobson, L.M., Crowell, C.S., Sneed, R., Lewis, F.M.T., Schaffzin, J.K., Kainer, M., Genese, C.A., Alfonso, E.C., Jones, D.B., Srinivasan, A., Fridkin, S.K. and Park, B.J. 2006. A multistate outbreak of Fusarium keratitis associated with use of a new contact lens solution. JAMA 296:953-963.


O'Donnell, K., Sutton, D.A., Rinaldi, M.G., Magnon, K.C., Cox, P.A., Revankar, S.G., Sanche, S., Geiser, D.M., Juba, J.H., van Burik, J.-A.H., Walsh, T.J., Francesconi, A., Anaissie, E.J., Padhye, A. and Robinson, J.S. 2004. Genetic diversity of human pathogenic members of the Fusarium oxysporum complex inferred from gene genealogies and AFLP analyses: Evidence for the recent dispersion of a geographically widespread clonal lineage and nosocomial origin. J. Clin. Microbiol. 42:5109-5120.


O'Donnell, K., Sarver, B.A.J., Brandt, M., Chang, D.C., Noble-Wang, J., Park, B.J., Sutton, D.A., Benjamin, L., Lindsley, M., Padhye, A., Geiser, D.M. and Ward, T.J. 2007. Phylogenetic diversity and microsphere array-based genotyping of human pathogenic fusaria, including isolates from the 2005-06 multistate contact lens-associated U.S. keratitis outbreaks. J. Clin. Microbiol. 45:2235-2248.


O'Donnell, K., Sutton, D.A., Fothergill, A., McCarthy, D., Rinaldi, M.G., Brandt, M.E., Zhang, N. and Geiser, D.M. 2008. Molecular phylogenetic diversity, multilocus haplotype nomenclature, and in vitro antifungal resistance within the Fusarium solani species complex. J. Clin. Microbiol. 46:2477-2490.


Evolution of Mucorales

O'Donnell, K., Lutzoni, F., Ward, T.J. and Benny G.L. 2001. Evolutionary relationships among mucoralean fungi (Zygomycota): Evidence for family polyphyly on a large scale. Mycologia 93:286-296.


White, M.M., James, T.Y., O'Donnell, K., Cafaro, M., Tanabe, Y. and Sugiyama, J.2006. Phylogeny of the Zygomycota based on Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of combined SSU and LSU rDNA sequence data. Mycologia 98:872-884.

Evolution of morels and truffles (Ascomycota)

Du, X.-H., Zhao, Q., O'Donnell, K., Rooney, A.P. and Yang, Z.L. 2012. Multigene molecular phylogenetics reveals true morels (Morchella) are especially species-rich in China. Fungal Genet. Biol. 49:455-469.


Du, X.-H., Zhao, Q., Yang, Z.L., Hansen, K., Ta?k?n, H, B?y?kalaca, S., Dewsbury, D., Moncalvo, J.-M., Douhan, G.W., Robert, V.A.R.G., Rehner, S.A., Rooney, A.P., Sink, S., O'Donnell, K. 2012. How well do ITS rDNA sequences differentiate species of true morels (Morchella)? Mycologia 104:1351-1368.


O'Donnell, K., Cigelnik, E., Weber, N.S. and Trappe, J.M. 1997. Phylogenetic relationships among ascomycetous truffles and the true and false morels inferred from 18S and 28S ribosomal DNA sequence analysis. Mycologia 89:48-65.