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Phylogeny and phylogeography of the Tuber brumale aggr.

Authors
  • Merényi, Zsolt
  • Varga, Torda
  • Geml, József
  • Orczán, Ákos Kund
  • Chevalier, Gerard
  • Bratek, Zoltán
Type
Published Article
Journal
Mycorrhiza
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2014
Volume
24 Suppl 1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00572-014-0566-7
PMID: 24604084
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Tuber brumale (winter truffle) is a black truffle reported from most European countries, belonging to the Melanosporum group. Its significance in the economy is ambivalent as the winter truffle has been shown to be a frequent contaminant species in the orchards of the Perigord truffle and occasionally in those of the summer truffle, yet owing to its delicate fragrance, its trade is worthy of note. The phylogeny and phylogeography of economically important truffles are relatively well-explored; however, no thorough research has been published on these aspects of the winter truffle. Therefore, here, we report the first phylogeographic analyses based on samples representing the entire distribution of the species. ITS sequences were used in this survey for haplotype and coalescent analyses, while phylogenetic analyses were based on the ITS, LSU and PKC loci. According to all loci, the samples clustered into two big clades imply the existence of two phylogenetic species. Based on our results, one of these appears to be endemic to the Carpathian Basin. In the other more widespread species, two main phylogeographic groups can be distinguished that show east-west separation with a zone of overlap in the Carpathian Basin, suggesting that they survived the latest glacial period in separate refugia.

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