Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Genomic and comparative analysis of the Class Dothideomycetes

Hane, J.K., Williams, A.H. and Oliver, R.P. (2011) Genomic and comparative analysis of the Class Dothideomycetes. In: Pöggeler, S. and Wöstemeyer, J., (eds.) The Mycota, XIV: Evolution of Fungi and Fungal-Like Organisms. Springer, pp. 205-229.


The class Dothideomycetes is a recently defined taxon within the phylum Ascomycota, with approximately 20 000 member species. Many species are important phytopathogens employing diverse pathogenicity strategies. This review compares the currently available genome sequences, including their mitochondrial sequences. The genomes of Dothideomycetes exhibit remarkable plasticity, characterised by extensive rearrangement of gene order and orientation. Dothideomycetes also display the ability to take advantage of repeat induced point mutation (RIP), a fungal specific mechanism to protect their genomes against transposon invasion. RIP also affects areas of the genome adjacent to transposon insertion sites conferring the adaptive advantage of rapid generation of diversity in fungal pathogenicity effector genes. In addition, Dothideomycetes have the propensity for lateral gene transfer which can involve the transmission of pathogenicity effectors. The combination of these mechanisms has led to the ascendance of many Dothideomycetes as the dominant fungal pathogens of their cultivated host plant species.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: 2011 Springer
Publisher's Website:
Item Control Page Item Control Page