Preliminary BLAST searches in GenBank with ITS and TEF1 sequences of the present isolates indicated that they had a close phylogenetic relationship with species from section Radicina of Alternaria. Subsequently, sequence data of 19 Alternaria species and Stemphylium herbarum CBS 191.86 (outgroup) were retrieved from National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), mostly published in Marin-Felix et al. (2019), Woudenberg et al. (2013), and Tao et al. (2019) (Table (Table1).1). The gene sequences were concatenated and edited manually according to ITS+TEF1+GAPDH+RPB2 for YZU 161234 and YZU 161235 and ITS+TEF1+RPB2 for YZU 151055 and YZU 151059 with equal weight in MEGA v.7.0.26 (Kumar et al. 2016). Maximum parsimony (MP) analysis was performed in PAUP 4.0 (Swofford 2002) using the heuristic search option of 1000 random-addition sequences and tree bisection and reconnection (TBR) as the branch-swapping algorithm. Gaps were treated as missing data. The bootstrap values (BS) with 1000 replicates were performed to determine branch support. Parsimony scores of tree length (TL), consistency index (CI), retention index (RI) and rescaled consistency (RC) were calculated for each generated tree. The Bayesian inference (BI) analysis was performed with a Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm with Bayesian posterior probabilities in MrBayes v. 3.2.1 (Ronquist et al. 2012). The best-fit evolutionary models (GTR+I+G) were determined in MrModel-test v. 2.3 (Posada and Crandall 1998) using the Akaike Information Criterion (AIC). Two independent analyses with four chains each were run for 10,000,000 generations. Trees were sampled every 100th generation. The run was stopped until the standard deviation of split frequencies reaches < 0.01 and the initial 25 % of the trees were discarded as the burn-in phase of each analysis. Maximum likelihood (ML) analysis was performed using RAxML v.7.2.8 (Stamatakis 2006), implementing GTRCAT model and executing 1000 rapid ML bootstrap replications. Branch support equal to or above 0.70/70%/70% for PP (posterior probability of BI analysis) and BS (bootstrap for ML and MP analyses) values were shown at the nodes in the phylogram.

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