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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 January 2002

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Evidence that the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are not closely related to the zygomycetes, with which they have traditionally been placed, has been growing. Fast tracked in this issue is a paper comparing the SSU rRNA gene sequences in a wide range of these and other fungi and formally establishing a new phylum, Glomeromycota, and further three new orders for these fungi (pp. 1413–1421).

Mycological Research News
© The British Mycological Society 2001

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Mycological Research News is compiled by David L. Hawksworth, Executive Editor Mycological Research, Departamento de Biologia Vegetal II, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, Plaza de Ramón y Cajal, Ciudad Universitaria, E-28040 Madrid, Spain. (tel: [+34] 9 1 394 22 82 or [+34] 9 1 857 3640; fax [+34] 9 1 394 17 74; e-mail:, to whom suggestions for inclusion and items for consideration should be sent. Unsigned items are by the Executive Editor.