Theses and Dissertations


Biing-Ru Wu

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Brown, Ashli

Committee Member

Luthe, Dawn

Committee Member

Ma, Din-Pow

Committee Member

Williams, Paul

Committee Member

Peng, Zhaohua

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Molecular Biology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Identification of fungal isolates is critical in studying Aspergillus flavus ecology and for developing methods to reduce aflatoxin contamination. In our efforts to track biocontrol applications of the atoxigenic A. flavus K49 (NRRL 30797), we have developed a rapid and accurate classification system for A. flavus based on PCR product melting temperatures (Tm). Using 18 primers and a total of 59 Aspergilli strains, including all 49 representatives of the Georgian peanut Vegetative Compatibility Groups (VCGs), a decision tree Tm flowchart was generated. The decision tree can classify all 59 strains using only 9 of the SSR primers and an average of 3.4 primers for each definitive classification. To confirm the effectiveness of the decision tree for strain identification, unknown samples isolated from experimental fields inoculated with various A. flavus strains in Stoneville, MS were analyzed. Ninety-six percent of the samples could be placed into a VCG using Tm(s) coupled with the decision tree. This dynamic system is an excellent tool for researchers studying biodiversity of A. flavus.



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