A 5.8S nuclear ribosomal RNA gene sequence database: Applications to ecology and evolution

1Cullings K. W., and 2Vogler, D. R. (1998)

1NASA-Ames Research Center, Space Sciences Division, Moffett Field, California;
2Biology Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.

Molecular Ecology 1998. 7(7): 919-923.

We compiled a 5.8S nuclear ribosomal gene sequence database for animals, plants, and fungi using both newly generated and GenBank sequences. We demonstrate the utility of this database as an internal check to determine whether the target organism and not a contaminant has been sequenced, as a diagnostic tool for ecologists and evolutionary biologists to determine the placement of asexual fungi within larger taxonomic groups, and as a tool to help identify fungi that form ectomycorrhizae.

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