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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research

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 - Tony
item Gordon, Thomas
item Hanson, Linda
item Del Mar Jimenez-gasc, Maria
item Kang, Seogchan
item Kistler, H - Corby
item Kuldau, Gretchen
item Mccormick, Susan
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Proctor, Robert
item Rehner, Stephen
item Robert, Vincent
item Rooney, Alejandro - Alex
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: 11/12/2012
Publication Date: 5/1/2013
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.

Interpretive Summary:

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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