Host-related genetic differentiation in the anther smut fungus Microbotryum violaceum in sympatric, parapatric and allopatric populations of two host species Silene latifolia and S. dioica
van Putten, W.F.; Biere, A.; van Damme, J.M.M.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18(1): 203-212
ISSN/ISBN: 1010-061X PMID: 15669977 DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2004.00771.x
We investigated genetic diversity in West European populations of the fungal pathogen Microbotryum violaceum in sympatric, parapatric and allopatric populations of the host species Silene latifolia and S. dioica, using four polymorphic microsatellite loci. In allopatric host populations, the fungus was highly differentiated by host species, exhibiting high values of FST and RST, and revealed clear and distinct host races.