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A new genus, Planticonsortium (Mucoromycotina), and new combination (P. tenue), for the fine root endophyte, Glomus tenue (basionym Rhizophagus tenuis)

  • Christopher WalkerEmail author
  • Armelle Gollotte
  • Dirk Redecker
Original Article


In 1977, the fine root endophyte, originally named Rhizophagus tenuis, was transferred into the genus Glomus as G. tenue, thus positioning the species with all other known arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomeromycota, Glomeromycotina). Recent molecular evidence, however, places it in a different subphylum, Mucoromycotina in the Mucoromycota. No suitable genus exists in the Mucoromycotina to accommodate G. tenue, so it is moved to Planticonsortium gen. nov. as P. tenue comb. nov.


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi New combination Mucoromycota Glomeromycota Epitype 



Thanks to Shaun Pennycook, Manaaki Whenua: Landscape Research, New Zealand, for advice on the correct gender construction for the Latin names, and to Paul Kirk, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, for providing registration numbers and commenting on the manuscript, and also to Jim Crush, AgResearch, New Zealand, for information about the original pot culture and its origins. Additional thanks to Mark Tibbett and Tamara Edmonds-Tibbett, University of Reading, for maintaining the culture in the UK. We also thank Vivienne Gianinazzi-Pearson, the previous curator of the IBG collection and technicians at IBG who have maintained the culture (Annie Colombet, Valerie Monfort-Pimet, Joël Michel, Nathalie Koszela), and the individuals and organisations mentioned in the section on specimens examined. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is supported by the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services Division.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Plant BiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Royal Botanic Garden EdinburghEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Inoplant, AgronovBretenièreFrance
  4. 4.Agroécologie, INRA, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, AgroSup Dijon, CNRSDijonFrance

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