IMA Fungus (2019) 10 (13) - Fungal clones win the battle,

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André Drenth, Alistair R. McTaggart and Brenda D. Wingfield (2019)
Fungal clones win the battle, but recombination wins the war
IMA Fungus 10 (13)
Abstract: Clonal reproduction is common in fungi and fungal-like organisms during epidemics and invasion events. The success of clonal fungi shaped systems for their classification and some pathogens are tacitly treated as asexual. We argue that genetic recombination driven by sexual reproduction must be a starting hypothesis when dealing with fungi for two reasons: (1) Clones eventually crash because they lack adaptability; and (2) fungi find a way to exchange genetic material through recombination, whether sexual, parasexual, or hybridisation. Successful clones may prevail over space and time, but they are the product of recombination and the next successful clone will inevitably appear. Fungal pathogen populations are dynamic rather than static, and they need genetic recombination to adapt to a changing environment.
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Database assignments for author(s): Andre Drenth, Brenda D. Wingfield

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Puccinia striiformis
Cryphonectria parasitica
Hymenoscyphus fraxineus