Original paper

Integrating morphological and molecular characteristics for a phylogenetic system of smut fungi

Piepenbring, M. Oberwinkler


During the elaboration of a natural classification for smut fungi we observed strengths and limitations in the case of morphological and molecular data, respectively. By an integrative investigation of morphological and molecular characteristics, however, they both contribute to a better understanding of phylogeny in a complementary way. Different aspects of the combination of morphological and molecular approaches are presented and discussed in general as well as illustrated by examples taken from recent publications on smut fungi.


smut fungimorphologymolecular sequence dataustilaginalescintractia