rDNA Sequencing: An Essential Guide to the Taxonomy and Diagnosis of Colletotrichum

  • John A. Bailey
Part of the Developments in Plant Pathology book series (DIPP, volume 11)


In the genus Colletotrichum, reliance on morphological criteria has led to much taxonomic confusion. In the last few years, analysis of rDNA sequences has resolved many questions and it is now possible to propose a new taxonomy for the genus. Examples of incorrect identification are discussed. Accurate and predictive taxonomy, coupled with a full understanding of the extent of phenotypic variability, is essential for meaningful diagnosis. If diagnosis and taxonomy are correct, then pathogen behaviour can be predicted and its control, avoidance, elimination, etc become much easier.


rDNA Sequence Infection Vesicle Incorrect Identification Colletotrichum Species Taxonomic Confusion 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Bailey
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  1. 1.IACR-Long Ashton Research StationBristolUK

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