Systemic Infection of Medeola virginiana (Liliaceae) by the Fungus Medeolaria farlowii (Ascomycota: Leotiomycetes)
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CitationPfister, Donald H., and Katherine F. LoBuglio. 2013. Systemic infection of Medeola virginiana (Liliaceae) by the fungus Medeolaria farlowii (Ascomycota: Leotiomycetes). Mycosystema.
AbstractPrimers were designed to specifically amplify ITS rDNA regions of the fungus Medeolaria farlowii. The fungus was shown to be present not only in stem lesions but in apparently uninfected leaves, stems and rhizomes of the host plant, Medeola virginiana. Since the plant reproduces clonally it is likely that the infection is carried in populations of the host plant through systemic infection of vegetative plant parts. The growth patterns of the plant are reviewed and examples are given of long-term perpetuation of the fungus in populations of the plant.
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