Genetic Diversity and Population Structure ofPhyllosticta citriasianain China Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Phyllosticta citriasiana is the causal agent of citrus tan spot, an important pomelo disease in Asia. At present, there is little or no information on the epidemiology or population structure of P. citriasiana. By using simple sequence repeat markers, we analyzed 94 isolates from three pomelo production regions in southern and southeastern China. The analyses showed high genetic diversity in each of the three geographic populations. A STRUCTURE analysis revealed two genetic clusters among the 94 isolates; one geographic population was dominated by genotypes in one cluster, and the other two geographic populations were dominated by genotypes of the second cluster. P. citriasiana has a heterothallic mating system with two idiomorphs, MAT1-1 and MAT1-2. Analyses using mating type–specific primers revealed that both mating types were present in all three geographic populations, and in all three populations the mating type ratios were in equilibrium. Although the sexual stage of the fungus has not been discovered yet, analyses of allelic associations indicated evidence for sexual and asexual reproduction within and between populations. Despite the observed genetic differentiation between the three geographic populations, evidence for long-distance gene flow was found.


  • Zeng, Yibing
  • Xiong, Tao
  • Liu, Bei
  • Carstens, Elma
  • Chen, Xiangling
  • Xu, Jianping
  • Li, Hongye

publication date

  • May 2021