Taxonomical re-evaluation of Phoma-like soybean pathogenic fungi

László Irinyi, György János Kövics, Erzsébet Sándor

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Coelomycetous fungi classified in Ascochyta, Phoma, and Phyllosticta have been recorded from spots on leaves and pods of soybeans. Based on the Genealogical Concordance Phylogenetic Species Concept, the authors suggest the re-evaluation of the taxonomic status of Phoma sojicola (syn. = Ascochyta sojicola) and Phyllosticta sojicola. In spite of the former delimitation of Phoma sojicola based on small differences in morphological features, it has proved to be identical to Phoma pinodella. Similarly, it was also confirmed that Phyllosticta sojicola was identical to Phoma exigua var. exigua. The authors supply tools for identification of Phoma-like fungi by combined conventional and molecular methods. Protein-encoding genes (tef1 and β-tubulin) were successfully applied within the Phoma genus to infer phylogenetic relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-260
Number of pages12
JournalMycological research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2009


  • Ascochyta sojicola
  • Bayesian analysis
  • ITS sequences
  • Molecular identification
  • Parsimony analysis
  • Phoma exigua var. exigua
  • Phoma pinodella
  • Phoma sojicola
  • Phyllosticta sojicola
  • tef1 gene
  • β-tubulin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science

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