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Attributes and congruence of three molecular data sets: Inferring phylogenies among Septoria-related species from woody perennial plants. 2006. Feau, N.; Hamelin, R.C.; Bernier, L. Molec. Phylog. and Evol. 40: 808-829.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39914

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2006.03.029

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To improve our understanding of phylogenetic relationships within the anamorphic genus Septoria, three molecular data sets representing 2417 bp of nuclear and mitochondrial genes were evaluated. Separate gene analyses and combined analyses were performed using first, the maximum parsimony criterion and second, a Bayesian framework. The homogeneity of data partitions was evaluated via a combination of homogeneity partition tests and tree topology incongruence tests before conducting combined analyses. A last incongruence re-evaluation using partitioned Bremer support was performed on the combined tree, which corroborated the previous estimates. After each separate data set attributes were examined, simple explanations were advocated as the causes of the significant incongruences detected. The analysis of multiple gene partitions showed unprecedented phylogenetic resolution within the genus Septoria that supported the results from previously published single gene phylogenies. Specifically, we have delimited distinct but closely related species representing monophyletic groups that frequently correlated with their respective host families. Conversely, the occurrence of well-supported groups including closely related but distinct molecular taxa sampled on unrelated host-plants allowed us to reject, in these particular cases, the co-evolutionary concept expected between a parasite and its host and to discuss alternative evolutionary models recently proposed for these pathogens.