Plant Pathology (2020) 69, 1540-1550

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Minette Havenga, Brenda D. Wingfield, Michael J. Wingfield, Léanne L. Dreyer, Francois Roets, ShuaiFei Chen and Janneke Aylward (2020)
Low genetic diversity and strong geographic structure in introduced populations of the Eucalyptus foliar pathogen Teratosphaeria destructans
Plant Pathology 69 (8), 1540-1550
Abstract: The aggressive Eucalyptus leaf pathogen, Teratosphaeria destructans, causes widespread damage in tropical and subtropical Eucalyptus-growing regions of Indonesia, China, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam, Lao, and South Africa. Little is known regarding the origin, pathways of dispersal, or reproductive biology of this pathogen. The aim of this study was to investigate the genetic structure of a global collection of T. destructans isolates. This was achieved by developing and using polymorphic microsatellite markers. Low genotypic diversity and a limited number of private alleles were found in all investigated populations, with the highest maximum diversity of 10.7% in isolates from South Sumatra. This supports the hypothesis that T. destructans was introduced to these regions. High levels of clonality were common in all populations, especially in isolates sampled from the recent disease outbreak in South Africa, which were all identical. The global collection of isolates grouped into three distinct clusters, corresponding largely to their sampled regions. Low levels of genotypic diversity, high levels of clonality, and strong geographic structure suggest independent introductions into all the sampled areas from an unknown source. The results imply that strict biosecurity measures are needed to avoid introductions of additional genotypes in these areas.
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Database assignments for author(s): Brenda D. Wingfield, Michael J. Wingfield, Francois Roets, Janneke Aylward

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
molecular biology - genes


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Teratosphaeria destructans Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) Indonesia
Teratosphaeria destructans Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) South Africa