Evolution of ITS Ribosomal RNA Secondary Structures in Fungal and Algal Symbionts of Selected Species of Cladonia sect. Cladonia (Cladoniaceae, Ascomycotina)

@article{Beiggi2006EvolutionOI,
  title={Evolution of ITS Ribosomal RNA Secondary Structures in Fungal and Algal Symbionts of Selected Species of Cladonia sect. Cladonia (Cladoniaceae, Ascomycotina)},
  author={Sara Beiggi and Michele D. Piercey-Normore},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  year={2006},
  volume={64},
  pages={528-542}
}
Evolutionary studies in lichen associations follow that of the fungal symbiont (mycobiont), which is the symbiont after which the lichen is named and forms the majority of the thallus. However, evolution of the algal partner (photobiont) is important to maintain compatibility between symbionts and to optimize productivity of the lichen association. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of the nuclear ribosomal DNA (rDNA) were examined for primary DNA sequence patterns and for patterns… 

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