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Species within Fusarium are of global agricultural, medical, and food/feed safety concern and have been extensively characterized. However, accurate identification of species is challenging and usually requires DNA sequence data. FUSARIUM-ID ( is a publicly available database designed to support the identification of Fusarium species using sequences of multiple phylogenetically informative loci, especially the highly informative ∼680-bp 5' portion of the translation elongation factor 1-alpha (TEF1) gene that has been adopted as the primary barcoding locus in the genus. However, FUSARIUM-ID v.1.0 and 2.0 had several limitations, including inconsistent metadata annotation for the archived sequences and poor representation of some species complexes and marker loci. Here, we present FUSARIUM-ID v.3.0, which provides the following improvements: (i) additional and updated annotation of metadata for isolates associated with each sequence, (ii) expanded taxon representation in the TEF1 sequence database, (iii) availability of the sequence database as a downloadable file to enable local BLAST queries, and (iv) a tutorial file for users to perform local BLAST searches using either freely available software, such as SequenceServer, BLAST+ executable in the command line, and Galaxy, or the proprietary Geneious software. FUSARIUM-ID will be updated on a regular basis by archiving sequences of TEF1 and other loci from newly identified species and greater in-depth sampling of currently recognized species.


Terry J Torres-Cruz, Briana K Whitaker, Robert H Proctor, Kirk Broders, Imane Laraba, Hye-Seon Kim, Daren W Brown, Kerry O'Donnell, Tania L Estrada-Rodríguez, Yong-Hwan Lee, Kyeongchae Cheong, Emma C Wallace, Chyanna T McGee, Seogchan Kang, David M Geiser. FUSARIUM-ID v.3.0: An Updated, Downloadable Resource for Fusarium Species Identification. Plant disease. 2022 Jun;106(6):1610-1616

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PMID: 34879732

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