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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1999 Mar 1;172(1):15-21.

Phylogenetic relationships between toxic and non-toxic strains of the genus Microcystis based on 16S to 23S internal transcribed spacer sequence.

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Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan.


16S to 23S ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer sequences of 47 strains of the genus Microcystis were determined. Derived maximum likelihood and DNA distance trees indicated that Microcystis can be divided into three clusters. The first cluster included toxic and non-toxic strains, the second only toxic ones, and the third only non-toxic ones. The tree topologies were not necessarily correlated with morphospecies distinction or phycobilin pigment composition, and one genotype may have more than one morphotype. Phylogenetic analysis based on intergenic spacer sequences was thought to be effective for understanding relationships among closely related species and strains.

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