Soral synapomorphies are significant for the systematics of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex (Ustilaginaceae)

  title={Soral synapomorphies are significant for the systematics of the Ustilago-Sporisorium-Macalpinomyces complex (Ustilaginaceae)},
  author={Alistair R. McTaggart and Roger Graham Shivas and Andrew D. W. Geering and B. Callaghan and Kálmán Vánky and Tanya Scharaschkin},
  journal={Persoonia : Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi},
  pages={63 - 77}
The genera Ustilago, Sporisorium and Macalpinomyces are a polyphyletic complex of plant pathogenic fungi. The four main morphological characters used to define these genera have been considered homoplasious and not useful for resolving the complex. This study re-evaluates character homology and discusses the use of these characters for defining monophyletic groups recovered from a reconstructed phylogeny using four nuclear loci. Generic delimitation of smut fungi based on their hosts is also… 

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