Revealing hidden fungal species using DNA: The importance of recognizing cryptic diversity

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 13:00 in Biology & Nature

In contrast to traditional approaches using morphological characters to delimit species, five new lichen-forming fungal species were described from what was traditionally considered a single species using genetic data exclusively. The new species can be identified using DNA barcoding. This pioneering study marks an alternative approach for discovering species and will promote effective research through correct specimen identification in closely related species groups.

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