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June 2016: Persoonia
P W Crous, M J Wingfield, D M Richardson, J J Le Roux, D Strasberg, J Edwards, F Roets, V Hubka, P W J Taylor, M Heykoop, M P Martín, G Moreno, D A Sutton, N P Wiederhold, C W Barnes, J R Carlavilla, J Gené, A Giraldo, V Guarnaccia, J Guarro, M Hernández-Restrepo, M Kolařík, J L Manjón, I G Pascoe, E S Popov, M Sandoval-Denis, J H C Woudenberg, K Acharya, A V Alexandrova, P Alvarado, R N Barbosa, I G Baseia, R A Blanchette, T Boekhout, T I Burgess, J F Cano-Lira, A Čmoková, R A Dimitrov, M Yu Dyakov, M Dueñas, A K Dutta, F Esteve-Raventós, A G Fedosova, J Fournier, P Gamboa, D E Gouliamova, T Grebenc, M Groenewald, B Hanse, G E St J Hardy, B W Held, Ž Jurjević, T Kaewgrajang, K P D Latha, L Lombard, J J Luangsa-Ard, P Lysková, N Mallátová, P Manimohan, A N Miller, M Mirabolfathy, O V Morozova, M Obodai, N T Oliveira, M E Ordóñez, E C Otto, S Paloi, S W Peterson, C Phosri, J Roux, W A Salazar, A Sánchez, G A Sarria, H-D Shin, B D B Silva, G A Silva, M Th Smith, C M Souza-Motta, A M Stchigel, M M Stoilova-Disheva, M A Sulzbacher, M T Telleria, C Toapanta, J M Traba, N Valenzuela-Lopez, R Watling, J Z Groenewald
Novel species of fungi described in the present study include the following from Australia: Vermiculariopsiella eucalypti, Mulderomyces natalis (incl. Mulderomyces gen. nov.), Fusicladium paraamoenum, Neotrimmatostroma paraexcentricum, and Pseudophloeospora eucalyptorum on leaves of Eucalyptus spp., Anungitea grevilleae (on leaves of Grevillea sp.), Pyrenochaeta acaciae (on leaves of Acacia sp.), and Brunneocarpos banksiae (incl. Brunneocarpos gen. nov.) on cones of Banksia attenuata. Novel foliicolous taxa from South Africa include Neosulcatispora strelitziae (on Strelitzia nicolai), Colletotrichum ledebouriae (on Ledebouria floridunda), Cylindrosympodioides brabejum (incl...
June 2016: Persoonia
J Houbraken, L Wang, H B Lee, J C Frisvad
Subgenera and sections have traditionally been used in Penicillium classifications. In the past, this sectional classification was based on macro- and microscopic characters, and occasionally supplemented with physiological and/or extrolite data. Currently, 25 sections are accepted, largely based on phylogenetic data. Certain sections of subgenus Penicillium were never studied in detail using a multigene sequence approach combined with phenotypic, ecological and extrolite data. Based on a combined partial β-tubulin (BenA), calmodulin (CaM) and RNA polymerase II second largest subunit (RPB2) multigene sequence dataset, we introduce two new sections (Osmophila and Robsamsonia) in subgenus Penicillium and synonymize section Digitata with section Penicillium...
June 2016: Persoonia
M Sandoval-Denis, J Gené, D A Sutton, N P Wiederhold, J F Cano-Lira, J Guarro
Cladosporium is mainly known as a ubiquitous environmental saprobic fungus or plant endophyte, and to date, just a few species have been documented as etiologic agents in vertebrate hosts, including humans. In the present study, 10 new species of the genus were isolated from human and animal clinical specimens from the USA. They are proposed and characterized on the basis of their morphology and a molecular phylogenetic analysis using DNA sequences from three loci (the ITS region of the rDNA, and partial fragments of the translation elongation factor 1-alpha and actin genes)...
June 2016: Persoonia
C M Visagie, J B Renaud, K M N Burgess, D W Malloch, D Clark, L Ketch, M Urb, G Louis-Seize, R Assabgui, M W Sumarah, K A Seifert
We introduce 15 new species of Penicillium isolated from a diverse range of locations, including Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Tanzania, USA and the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, from a variety of habitats, including leaf surfaces in tropical rain forests, soil eaten by chimpanzees, infrabuccal pockets of carpenter ants, intestinal contents of caterpillars and soil. The new species are classified in sections Aspergilloides (1), Canescentia (2), Charlesia (1), Exilicaulis (3), Lanata-Divaricata (7) and Stolkia (1)...
June 2016: Persoonia
L Lombard, J Houbraken, C Decock, R A Samson, M Meijer, M Réblová, J Z Groenewald, P W Crous
The family Stachybotriaceae was recently introduced to include the genera Myrothecium, Peethambara and Stachybotrys. Members of this family include important plant and human pathogens, as well as several species used in industrial and commercial applications as biodegraders and biocontrol agents. However, the generic boundaries in Stachybotriaceae are still poorly defined, as type material and sequence data are not readily available for taxonomic studies. To address this issue, we performed multi-locus phylogenetic analyses using partial gene sequences of the 28S large subunit (LSU), the internal transcribed spacer regions and intervening 5...
June 2016: Persoonia
C M Visagie, J Houbraken, J Dijksterhuis, K A Seifert, K Jacobs, R A Samson
The genus Torulomyces was characterised by species that typically have conidiophores consisting of solitary phialides that produce long chains of conidia connected by disjunctors. Based on the phylogenetic position of P. lagena (generic ex-neotype), the genus and its seven species were transferred to Penicillium and classified in sect. Torulomyces along with P. cryptum and P. lassenii. The aim of this study was to review the species currently classified in sect. Torulomyces using morphology and phylogenies of the ITS, BenA, CaM and RPB2 regions...
June 2016: Persoonia
X W Wang, L Lombard, J Z Groenewald, J Li, S I R Videira, R A Samson, X Z Liu, P W Crous
Chaetomium globosum, the type species of the genus, is ubiquitous, occurring on a wide variety of substrates, in air and in marine environments. This species is recognised as a cellulolytic and/or endophytic fungus. It is also known as a source of secondary metabolites with various biological activities, having great potential in the agricultural, medicinal and industrial fields. On the negative side, C. globosum has been reported as an air contaminant causing adverse health effects and as causal agent of human fungal infections...
June 2016: Persoonia
M Hernández-Restrepo, J Z Groenewald, P W Crous
Based on morphology and DNA sequence data the taxonomic relationships of Microdochium, Monographella and Idriella were reassessed. Microdochium is morphologically and phylogenetically circumscribed, and the sexual genus Monographella treated as synonym on the basis that Microdochium has more species, is more commonly encountered, and more frequently used in literature. An epitype is designated for Microdochium phragmites, and several well-known species are redefined based on their morphology and DNA sequence data (LSU, ITS, BTUB and RPB2)...
June 2016: Persoonia
N Yilmaz, C M Visagie, J C Frisvad, J Houbraken, K Jacobs, R A Samson
The taxonomy of Talaromyces rugulosus, T. wortmannii and closely related species, classified in Talaromyces sect. Islandici, is reviewed in this paper. The species of Talaromyces sect. Islandici have restricted growth on MEA and CYA, generally have yellow mycelia and produce rugulosin and/or skyrin. They are important in biotechnology (e.g. T. rugulosus, T. wortmannii) and in medicine (e.g. T. piceus, T. radicus). The taxonomy of sect. Islandici was resolved using a combination of morphological, extrolite and phylogenetic data, using the Genealogical Concordance Phylogenetic Species Recognition (GCPSR) concept, with special focus on the T...
June 2016: Persoonia
M Sandoval-Denis, J Gené, D A Sutton, J F Cano-Lira, G S de Hoog, C A Decock, N P Wiederhold, J Guarro
The genera Microascus and Scopulariopsis comprise species commonly isolated from soil, decaying plant material and indoor environments. A few species are also recognised as opportunistic pathogens of insects and animals, including humans. In the past, the taxonomy of these fungi has been based on morphology only. With the aim to clarify the taxonomy and phylogeny of these fungi, we studied a large set of clinical and environmental isolates, including the available ex-type strains of numerous species, by means of morphological, physiological and molecular analyses...
June 2016: Persoonia
P W Crous, M J Wingfield, J J Le Roux, D M Richardson, D Strasberg, R G Shivas, P Alvarado, J Edwards, G Moreno, R Sharma, M S Sonawane, Y P Tan, A Altés, T Barasubiye, C W Barnes, R A Blanchette, D Boertmann, A Bogo, J R Carlavilla, R Cheewangkoon, R Daniel, Z W de Beer, M de Jesús Yáñez-Morales, T A Duong, J Fernández-Vicente, A D W Geering, D I Guest, B W Held, M Heykoop, V Hubka, A M Ismail, S C Kajale, W Khemmuk, M Kolařík, R Kurli, R Lebeuf, C A Lévesque, L Lombard, D Magista, J L Manjón, S Marincowitz, J M Mohedano, A Nováková, N H Oberlies, E C Otto, N D Paguigan, I G Pascoe, J L Pérez-Butrón, G Perrone, P Rahi, H A Raja, T Rintoul, R M V Sanhueza, K Scarlett, Y S Shouche, L A Shuttleworth, P W J Taylor, R G Thorn, L L Vawdrey, R Solano-Vidal, A Voitk, P T W Wong, A R Wood, J C Zamora, J Z Groenewald
Novel species of fungi described in the present study include the following from Australia: Neoseptorioides eucalypti gen. & sp. nov. from Eucalyptus radiata leaves, Phytophthora gondwanensis from soil, Diaporthe tulliensis from rotted stem ends of Theobroma cacao fruit, Diaporthe vawdreyi from fruit rot of Psidium guajava, Magnaporthiopsis agrostidis from rotted roots of Agrostis stolonifera and Semifissispora natalis from Eucalyptus leaf litter. Furthermore, Neopestalotiopsis egyptiaca is described from Mangifera indica leaves (Egypt), Roussoella mexicana from Coffea arabica leaves (Mexico), Calonectria monticola from soil (Thailand), Hygrocybe jackmanii from littoral sand dunes (Canada), Lindgomyces madisonensis from submerged decorticated wood (USA), Neofabraea brasiliensis from Malus domestica (Brazil), Geastrum diosiae from litter (Argentina), Ganoderma wiiroense on angiosperms (Ghana), Arthrinium gutiae from the gut of a grasshopper (India), Pyrenochaeta telephoni from the screen of a mobile phone (India) and Xenoleptographium phialoconidium gen...
December 2015: Persoonia
J B Stielow, C A Lévesque, K A Seifert, W Meyer, L Iriny, D Smits, R Renfurm, G J M Verkley, M Groenewald, D Chaduli, A Lomascolo, S Welti, L Lesage-Meessen, A Favel, A M S Al-Hatmi, U Damm, N Yilmaz, J Houbraken, L Lombard, W Quaedvlieg, M Binder, L A I Vaas, D Vu, A Yurkov, D Begerow, O Roehl, M Guerreiro, A Fonseca, K Samerpitak, A D van Diepeningen, S Dolatabadi, L F Moreno, S Casaregola, S Mallet, N Jacques, L Roscini, E Egidi, C Bizet, D Garcia-Hermoso, M P Martín, S Deng, J Z Groenewald, T Boekhout, Z W de Beer, I Barnes, T A Duong, M J Wingfield, G S de Hoog, P W Crous, C T Lewis, S Hambleton, T A A Moussa, H S Al-Zahrani, O A Almaghrabi, G Louis-Seize, R Assabgui, W McCormick, G Omer, K Dukik, G Cardinali, U Eberhardt, M de Vries, V Robert
The aim of this study was to assess potential candidate gene regions and corresponding universal primer pairs as secondary DNA barcodes for the fungal kingdom, additional to ITS rDNA as primary barcode. Amplification efficiencies of 14 (partially) universal primer pairs targeting eight genetic markers were tested across > 1 500 species (1 931 strains or specimens) and the outcomes of almost twenty thousand (19 577) polymerase chain reactions were evaluated. We tested several well-known primer pairs that amplify: i) sections of the nuclear ribosomal RNA gene large subunit (D1-D2 domains of 26/28S); ii) the complete internal transcribed spacer region (ITS1/2); iii) partial β -tubulin II (TUB2); iv) γ-actin (ACT); v) translation elongation factor 1-α (TEF1α); and vi) the second largest subunit of RNA-polymerase II (partial RPB2, section 5-6)...
December 2015: Persoonia
E Guatimosim, A L Firmino, J L Bezerra, O L Pereira, R W Barreto, P W Crous
Members of the Asterinaceae and Parmulariaceae are obligate biotrophic fungi with a pantropical distribution that grow in direct association with living plant tissues and produce external ascomata and bitunicate asci. These fungi are poorly known, with limited information about their taxonomic position in the Dothideomycetes. Much of what is known is conjectural and based on observation of morphological characters. An assessment of the phylogenetic position of the Asterinaceae and Parmulariaceae is provided based on a phylogenetic analysis of the nrDNA operon (ITS) and the large subunit rDNA (LSU) sequence data obtained from fresh material of selected species collected in Brazil...
December 2015: Persoonia
I Olariaga, N Van Vooren, M Carbone, K Hansen
The easily recognised genus Otidea is subjected to numerous problems in species identification. A number of old names have undergone various interpretations, materials from different continents have not been compared and misidentifications occur commonly. In this context, Otidea is monographed, based on our multiple gene phylogenies assessing species boundaries and comparative morphological characters (see Hansen & Olariaga 2015). All names combined in or synonymised with Otidea are dealt with. Thirty-three species are treated, with full descriptions and colour illustrations provided for 25 of these...
December 2015: Persoonia
K Hansen, I Olariaga
The genus Otidea is one of the more conspicuous members of the Pyronemataceae, with high species diversity in hemiboreal and boreal forests. The genus is morphologically coherent and in previous higher-level multi-gene analyses it formed a highly supported monophyletic group. Species delimitation within Otidea is controversial and much confusion has prevailed in the naming of taxa. To provide a phylogenetic hypothesis of Otidea, elucidate species diversity and limits we compiled a four-gene dataset including the nuclear LSU rDNA and three nuclear protein-coding genes (RPB1, RPB2 and EF-1α) for 89 specimens (total 4 877 nucleotides)...
December 2015: Persoonia
U Eberhardt, H J Beker, J Vesterholt
Hebeloma subsection Denudata includes the type of H. section Denudata, Hebeloma crustuliniforme, as well as the majority of the taxa commonly included in the Hebeloma crustuliniforme complex. Complementing the work of D.K. Aanen and co-workers, and using refined morphological and molecular methods we were able to recognize further individual taxa within the section. Fifteen species occurring in Europe are assigned to H. subsect. Denudata. Of these, we describe eight species as new, namely H. aanenii, H. aurantioumbrinum, H...
December 2015: Persoonia
D G Knapp, G M Kovács, E Zajta, J Z Groenewald, P W Crous
Dark septate endophytes (DSE) are distributed worldwide as root-colonising fungi, and frequent in environments with strong abiotic stress. DSE is not a taxon, but constitutes numerous fungal taxa belonging to several orders of Ascomycota. In this study we investigate three unidentified DSE lineages belonging to Pleosporales that were found previously in semiarid sandy grasslands. For molecular phylogenetic studies seven loci (ITS, partial 18S nrRNA, 28S nrRNA, actin, calmodulin, transcription-elongation factor 1- α and ß -tubulin genes) were amplified and sequenced...
December 2015: Persoonia
F Liu, B S Weir, U Damm, P W Crous, Y Wang, B Liu, M Wang, M Zhang, L Cai
We investigated the phylogenetic diversity of 144 Colletotrichum isolates associated with symptomatic and asymptomatic tissues of Camellia sinensis and other Camellia spp. from seven provinces in China (Fujian, Guizhou, Henan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), and seven isolates obtained from other countries, including Indonesia, UK, and the USA. Based on multi-locus (ACT, ApMat, CAL, GAPDH, GS, ITS, TUB2) phylogenetic analyses and phenotypic characters, 11 species were distinguished, including nine well-characterised species (C...
December 2015: Persoonia
A R McTaggart, C Doungsa-Ard, A D W Geering, M C Aime, R G Shivas
Endoraecium is a genus of rust fungi that infects several species of Acacia in Australia, South-East Asia and Hawaii. This study investigated the systematics of Endoraecium from 55 specimens in Australia based on a combined morphological and molecular approach. Phylogenetic analyses were conducted on partitioned datasets of loci from ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA. The recovered molecular phylogeny supported a recently published taxonomy based on morphology and host range that divided Endoraecium digitatum into five species...
December 2015: Persoonia
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