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An Overview of Fusarium

John F. Leslie and Brett A. Summerell
from: Fusarium: Genomics, Molecular and Cellular Biology (Edited by: Daren W. Brown and Robert H. Proctor). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2013)

Abstract

There is no Abstract Section in this chapter. The following is the first paragraph of the introduction: Fusarium is a form genus of ascomycete fungi first described by Link in 1809 as Fusisporium. Members of the genus are numerous and can be recovered from plants and soil worldwide as pathogens, endophytes and saprophytes. Members of the genus are notorious for their capabilities as plant pathogens, although work with native plants and soil in undisturbed areas suggests that the number of species not associated with known diseases may far outnumber those that cause disease. Most members of the genus produce an array of secondary metabolites, which vary widely in chemical form. A number of the secondary metabolites are important as mycotoxins that are toxic and/or carcinogenic to humans and domesticated animals, may have a role in plant disease, and may be regulated in commercial and international trade read more ...
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