, Volume 75, Issue 6, pp 422-427

Asexual fungus Verticillium dahliae is potentially heterothallic

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Abstract

Verticillium dahliae, a soilborne plant pathogen, causes wilt disease in many important crops. We reported previously that the mating type gene MAT1-2-1 is spread to isolates of this asexual fungus. However, we did not determine whether V. dahliae is homothallic or heterothallic because the opposite mating type gene, MAT1-1-1, had not been identified. In the present study, we identified the MAT1-1-1 gene from an isolate lacking MAT1-2-1 and the mating type idiomorphs of V. dahliae. Each isolate we tested contained either the MAT1-1 or MAT1-2 idiomorph, indicating that the asexual fungus V. dahliae is potentially heterothallic.

The nucleotide sequence data reported are available in the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank databases under accessions AB505214, AB505215 and AB469828.