Phylogenomics supports microsporidia as the earliest diverging clade of sequenced fungi.

TitlePhylogenomics supports microsporidia as the earliest diverging clade of sequenced fungi.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCapella-Gutiérrez S, Marcet-Houben M, Gabaldón T
JournalBMC Biol.
Volume10
Pagination47
Abstract

Microsporidia is one of the taxa that have experienced the most dramatic taxonomic reclassifications. Once thought to be among the earliest diverging eukaryotes, the fungal nature of this group of intracellular pathogens is now widely accepted. However, the specific position of microsporidia within the fungal tree of life is still debated. Due to the presence of accelerated evolutionary rates, phylogenetic analyses involving microsporidia are prone to methodological artifacts, such as long-branch attraction, especially when taxon sampling is limited.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1741-7007-10-47
DOI10.1186/1741-7007-10-47