Phylogenetic evidence for an animal pathogen origin of ergot and the grass endophytes.

@article{Spatafora2007PhylogeneticEF,
  title={Phylogenetic evidence for an animal pathogen origin of ergot and the grass endophytes.},
  author={Joseph W. Spatafora and G-H Sung and J-M Sung and Nigel L. Hywel-Jones and James Francis White},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={16 8},
  pages={1701-11}
}
Grass-associated fungi (grass symbionts) in the family Clavicipitaceae (Ascomycota, Hypocreales) are species whose host range is restricted to the plant family Poaceae and rarely Cyperaceae. The best-characterized species include Claviceps purpurea (ergot of rye) and Neotyphodium coenophialum (endophyte of tall fescue). They have been the focus of considerable research due to their importance in agricultural and grassland ecosystems and the diversity of their bioactive secondary metabolites… CONTINUE READING
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