The utility of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) profiles for characterization and differentiation of isolates of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici and F. oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici was investigated. Two fatty acid analysis protocols of the normal (MIDI) and a modified MIDI method were used for their utility. Only the modified MIDI method allowed a clear differentiation between F. oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici and F. oxysporum f. sp. radicislycopersici. FAME profiles using the modified MIDI method gave the most consistent and reproducible analyzed fatty acid data. Evaluation of the FAME profiles based on cluster analysis and principal-component analysis revealed that FAME profiles from tested isolates were correlated with the same vegetative compatibility groups (VCGs) compared to the same races in F. oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici. Results indicated that FAME profiles could be an additional tool useful for characterizing isolates and forma species of F. oxysporum obtained from tomato.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics