Mycological Progress

, Volume 17, Issue 9, pp 999–1011 | Cite as

Racocetra crispa (Glomeromycotina) delimited by integrative evidence based on morphology, long continuous nuclear rDNA sequencing and phylogeny

  • Francisco Adriano de SouzaEmail author
  • Iolanda Ramalho da Silva
  • Maria Beatriz Barbosa de Barros Barreto
  • Fritz Oehl
  • Bruno Tomio Goto
  • Leonor Costa Maia
Original Article


Here, we describe a new ornamented arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus, Racocetra crispa sp. nov. isolated from maize fields from the central region of Minas Gerais State, Brazil. For the first time, a Glomeromycotina species is described using a long continuous nuclear rDNA sequence fragment, which encompasses the nearly complete 18S SSU sequence gene until the 3′ end of the D2 region of the 28S LSU (~ 3100 bp), which allows for comparison with sequences obtained from regions used for fungal metagenomic studies, species description, and AM fungi DNA-barcode. The new species forms dark brown to black spores, approx. 340–510 μm on in diam., on sporogenous cells. The spores have unique “cloud/flower” projections on the spore surface, two walls, and differentiate a multiple-lobed germ shield with up to 8–12 germ tube initiations. The analysis of the intra- and interspecific DNA-barcode sequence variation within the Racocetra showed that the intragenomic polymorphism among the clones of R. crispa (0–2 %) is within the lower range for the genus. The V3–V4 region of the SSU nrDNA has no resolution to discriminate Racocetra at species level, but from this fragment, we found homology between R. crispa and environmental sequences from two metagenomics studies, one carried out in Brazil at the fungus type location and the other in New Zealand. The integration between AM fungal sequences from reference strains and those obtained from environmental sequences in Glomeromycotina is still a problematic issue, mainly due to the reduced number of AM fungal species characterized based on DNA sequences.


Glomeromycetes DNA-barcode Gigasporales Racocetraceae Integrative taxonomy Cerrado rRNA New species 



We would like to thank Marcio Geraldo Martineli from Embrapa Milho e Sorgo for technical assistance with the SEM analysis. We also thank the contribution of two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments on the manuscript.

Author contributions

F.A.S isolated and carried out the strains cultures and germplasm procedures. B.T.G. and F.O. performed the morphological description. I.R.S. and F.A.S. carried out the molecular and morphometric analysis of the culture and the manuscript preparation for submission. M.B.B.B.B and F.A.S. conducted the phylogenetic analysis. F.A.S. wrote the manuscript. L.C.M provided the overall guidance and performed the final evaluation of the manuscript before submission. All authors commented on the final draft of the manuscript.

Funding information

This work was supported by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) that provided research grants to BT Goto, LC Maia, and to F Oehl as “visiting professor”. Thanks are due to CNPq, Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Pernambuco (FACEPE) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for providing scholarships to I.R. da Silva. We also thanks Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) and CNPq for financial support (Proc. 401912/2013-2; 446144/2014-2; 307129/2015-2).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Embrapa Milho e SorgoSete LagoasBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Micologia, Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Centro de Ciência da Saúde, Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  4. 4.Agroscope, Competence Division for Plants and Plant Products, EcotoxicologyWädenswilSwitzerland
  5. 5.Departamento de Botânica e Zoologia, CBUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do NorteNatalBrazil

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