Submitted to: Phytopathology
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/1/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Fusarium oxysporum Schlecht.: Fr is a cosmopolitan fungal pathogen responsible for wilt and cortical rot diseases of more than 100 economically important plant hosts. Genetic diversity within F. oxysporum has been categorized extensively by vegetative compatibility grouping (VCG) in laboratories around the world. Detailed studies indicate that isolates belonging to the same VCG typically possess very similar or identical multi-locus haplotypes and belong to the same clonal lineage. VCGs therefore can be good predictors of genetic similarity and/or clonal lineages. In this communication, we propose a standardization of the system currently used for categorizing genetic diversity within this taxon. Our goal is to make the system more understandable and useful by reducing ambiguity and increasing the rigor with which the current system is applied. A secondary goal of this undertaking is to promote international communication and cooperation in this endeavor.