Gibberella musae (Fusarium musae) sp. nov., a recently discovered species from banana is sister to F. verticillioides

F. van Hove, C. Waalwijk, A. Logrieco, F. Munaut, A. Moretti

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Several strains of Fusarium isolated from banana were identified previously as F. verticillioides (Sacc.) Nirenberg but described as unable to produce fumonisin. Here we report biochemical and morphological evidence, as well as multilocus phylogenetic analyses based on elongation factor (EF-1a), calmodulin, b-tubulin, and the second largest subunit of RNA polymerase II (RPB2) sequences, indicating that these isolates represent a unique lineage in the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex related to but distinct from F. verticillioides. Together with previous results of molecular studies, as well as with results of metabolite analyses, crossing experiments, pathogenicity tests and morphological characterization, these new data indicate that these strains isolated from banana represent a new species, Gibberella musae Van Hove et al. sp. nov. (anamorph: Fusarium musae Van Hove et al. sp. nov.), which is described herein
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-585
Number of pages16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • fujikuroi mating population
  • pcr-rflp analysis
  • section liseola
  • fumonisin production
  • prairie grasses
  • gene-cluster
  • complex
  • anamorph
  • sorghum
  • differentiation


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