RFLP analyses of a portion of the 28S rDNA gene region were conducted by using four restriction endonucleases for 57 isolates of 13 intraspecific groups (ISGs) representing 7 anastomosis groups (AGs) of Rhizoctonia solani. Variations in the PCR-amplified rDNA products and the polymorphisms on digestion with restriction enzymes (BamHI, HaeIII, HhaI and HpaII) were observed among three AGs, AG 1, 2 and 4. These differences were also conserved among some ISGs of AG 1 and AG 2. Among ISGs of AG 1, the pattern of rDNA fragments of AG 1-IA obtained by digestion with HpaII was significantly different from those of AG 1-IB and IC. Such difference in the fragment pattern was also observed among AG 2-1, 2-2 IIIB and 2-2 IV by the digestion with HhaI and HpaII. A dendrogram derived from the restriction enzyme data showed that ISGs from AG 1 and AG 2 can each be subdivided into distinct groups, those are distantly related to the majority isolates of the other AGs.
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