Development of a PCRRFLP method to distinguish species within the <i>Ilyonectria macrodidyma</i> complex


  • M.A. Outram
  • E.E. Jones
  • M.V. Jaspers
  • H.J. Ridgway



Species within the Ilyonectria macrodidyma complex are known plant pathogens and several are implicated as the causal agents of black foot disease of grapevines The seven species within the complex can be identified by DNA sequencing of the histone H3 gene In this study a PCRRFLP method to identify the species was developed In silico digestion of the 500 bp histone H3 amplimer using MnlI showed that it could identify Ilyonectria sp 1 Ilyonectria sp 2 I alcacerensis and I macrodidyma Subsequent in silico digestion with Hinf1 identified I estremocensis I novozelandica and I torresensis The PCRRFLP was validated using a collection of 40 I macrodidyma complex isolates that had been recovered from symptomatic grapevines Ilyonectria macrodidyma I novozelandica and I torresensis were detected in that collection Intraspecific polymorphism was only detected in I torresensis This method provides a rapid procedure for identifying individual species of the I macrodidyma species complex




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Outram, M., Jones, E., Jaspers, M. and Ridgway, H. 2014. Development of a PCRRFLP method to distinguish species within the &lt;i&gt;Ilyonectria macrodidyma&lt;/i&gt; complex. New Zealand Plant Protection. 67, (Jan. 2014), 151–156. DOI:




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