Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. Special Edition Nov. 2015

NADH Dehydrogenase Subunit 6: A Suitable Secondary Barcode for Speciation of Genus Fusarium

Deeba Kamil*, T. Prameela Devi, N. Prabhakaran and R.K. Sharma

Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110 012, India.

Received on 01 May 2015 and accepted on 03 July 2015



Ultimately for some groups of fungi there may need to be two barcodes to meet the requirements of identifying very closely related fungal species. In order to develop a suitable barcode system for Fusarium species complexes, universally accepted fungal barcode, Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS, 600bp) was examined for the barcoding performance with other potential barcode loci viz., Cytochrome Oxidase subunit I (COI, 567bp) and Translation elongation factor 1 (tef-I, 700 bp). One novel genomic region (NADH dehydrogenase subunit 6 (ND6), 900bp) was also be evaluated. Multilocus sequence Typing (MLST) of 22 Fusarium isolates representing eleven different species (F. acuminatum, F. chlamydosporum, F. graminearum, F. oxysporum, F. pallidoroseum F. poae, F. solani, F. sporotrichioides, F. subglutinans, F. udum and F. verticillioides), were compared. The ITS regions did not work well within the Fusarium species complex, and its near relatives due to less barcode gap (0.12). Comparative sequence analyses suggested COI to be a better marker for intraspecific and interspecific variability because of greater barcode gap (0.50), Transition/Transversion ratio (1.48) and evolutionary divergence (0.49). However, the presence of mobile introns and low PCR success in CO1 region poses a serious difficulty in the PCR and bioinformatic surveys. Therefore, ND6 could be considered as a suitable secondary barcode candidate for Fusarium species complex due to the absence of introns, justified barcode gap (0.48), higher Transition/Transversion ratio (1.42) and evolutionary divergence (0.44).

Keywords : Barcode, Cytochrome Oxidase subunit I, Fusarium species, ITS and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 6 gene.