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  1. Vol. 48 No. 4, p. 1487-1501
    Received: Nov 26, 2007

    * Corresponding author(s): john.forster@dpi.vic.gov.au


Global Genetic Diversity of the Perennial Ryegrass Fungal Endophyte Neotyphodium lolii

  1. Eline van Zijll de Jongad,
  2. Mark P. Dobrowolskib,
  3. Nathaniel R. Bannanb,
  4. Alan V. Stewartc,
  5. Kevin F. Smithb,
  6. Germán C. Spangenberga and
  7. John W. Forster *a
  1. a Dep. of Primary Industries, Biosciences Research Division, Victorian AgriBiosciences Centre, La Trobe Research and Development Park, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia
    d current address, National Centre for Advanced Bio-Protection Technologies, PO Box 84, Lincoln Univ., Lincoln 7647, Canterbury, New Zealand; This project was funded by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre
    b Dep. of Primary Industries, Biosciences Research Division, Hamilton Centre, Hamilton, Victoria 3300, Australia
    c PGG Wrightson Seeds, P.O. Box 175, Lincoln 7640, Canterbury, New Zealand


The symbiotic association between perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and the fungal endophyte Neotyphodium lolii is associated with host-specific adaptations, particularly in response to abiotic and biotic stresses. Knowledge of the origin of the symbiosis and the contribution of endophyte genotype to host phenotypic variation is currently limited. Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were used to assess endophyte genetic diversity in a globally distributed collection of perennial ryegrass accessions. Consistent in planta detection was achieved with 18 of 22 SSR markers (primer pairs). Endophytes representing as many as four different taxa were detected in 42 accessions from 20 different countries, N. lolii being predominant. A total of 33 unique N. lolii genotypes were discriminated, of which 29 clustered into three major groups with limited within-group variation. The three major N. lolii groups were associated with distinct perennial ryegrass chloroplast haplotypes. The alkaloid profiles of accessions were apparently associated with the presence of specific N. lolii genotypes. Genotypic analysis provides a powerful method for genetic dissection of the grass–endophyte interaction and prediction of phenotypic variation based on genotypic variation.

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