Polymorphism in morels: Isozyme electrophoretic analysis

Daniel Wipf, Jean Philippe Bedell, Jean Charles Munch, Bernard Botton, François Buscot

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The aim of this study was to assess whether isozyme polymorphism in different members of the Morchellaceae could be used to improve the systematics in this fungal group and to characterize intraspecific crossings between monosporal strains in Morchella esculenta. For this purpose, isozyme electrophoretic analysis of the following enzymes was performed: glutamine synthetase, NAD-glutamate dehydrogenase, NADP-glutamate dehydrogenase, aspartate aminotransferase, malate dehydrogenase, NAD-glyceraldehyde phosphate dehydrogenase, glucose phosphate isomerase, and superoxide dismutase. The analyses allowed discrimination at the inter- or intra-specific levels and could help to establish a method of identification for strains in the Morchellaceae. To a certain extent they appeared to be suitable to analyze interactions of monosporal strains of Morchella esculenta in pairing experiments. The polymorphism shown in this study was consistent with the phylogenetic relationships between the investigated strains only at the genus level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-827
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrophoresis
  • Isopzyme analysis
  • Morchella sp.
  • Polymorphism


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