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Mycorrhiza. 2003 Jun;13(3):171-2. Epub 2003 Feb 11.

Good-Enough RFLP Matcher (GERM) program.

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Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 115 Green Hall, 1530 N Cleveland Ave.,St. Paul, MN 55108, USA.


A spreadsheet-based program (Good-Enough RFLP Matcher or GERM) is presented that matches unknown restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) patterns of ectomycorrhizal fungi to a database of known ectomycorrhizal fungi. The program uses three simple methods to determine whether a sample matches a known: (1) Forward Matching: whether every band in the unknown is present in a known sample within a given error range; (2) Backward Matching: whether every band in the known sample is present in the unknown within a given error range; (3) Sum of Bands: whether the sum of all bands in the known and unknown are similar within a given error range. The program is available through the web page of this journal.

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