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Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 1996 Jan;9(1):32-8.

Molecular polymorphisms associated with host range in the highly conserved genomes of burrowing nematodes, Radopholus spp.

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USDA-ARS, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, Orlando, FL 32803, USA.


Six polymorphic bands of DNA were amplified from purified Radopholus citrophilus genomic DNA from one strain of each of the sibling species R. citrophilus and R. similis in random amplified polymorphic DNA analyses involving 380 single 10-base primers. Four of these polymorphic DNA fragments were successfully cloned and amplified through subsequent use of primers designed to complement the terminal sequences of the polymorphic DNA. Results of ensuing studies using mini-prepped DNA from 14 burrowing nematode strains collected from Florida, Hawaii, and Central America, characterized for their ability to parasitize citrus, indicated that a 2.4-kb fragment appeared to be associated with citrus parasitism in burrowing nematode populations from Florida. However, a fragment of comparable size was also detected in R. citrophilus from Hawaii and from burrowing nematode populations collected from Belize and Puerto Rico. Overall, findings suggest that the genome organization of the burrowing nematode sibling species R. citrophilus and R. similis is highly conserved. This remarkable genetic similarity should facilitate identification of genetic sequence related to important phenotypes such as citrus parasitism. Detection of R. citrophilus-specific DNA fragments in burrowing nematodes collected from Belize and Puerto Rico suggests that R. citrophilus is resident in some Central American countries.

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