Recent Papers

Volume 8 Issue 10 (November/December)

5. Mycosphere Essays 20: Therapeutic potential of Ganoderma species: Insights into its use as traditional medicine
Hapuarachchi et al. (2017)

4. The edible wide mushrooms of Agaricus section Bivelares from Western China
Zhang et al. (2017)

3. Metabolomics reveals changes in metabolite concentrations and correlations during sexual development of Eurotium cristatum (synonym: Aspergillus cristatus)
Ren et al. (2017)

2. Neophyllachora gen nov. (Phyllachorales), three new species of Phyllachora from Poaceae and resurrection of Polystigmataceae (Xylariales)
Dayarathne et al. (2017)

1. Lignicolous freshwater fungi from China I : Aquadictyospora lignicola gen. et sp. nov. and new record of Pseudodictyosporium wauense from northwestern Yunnan Province
Li et al. (2017)

Volume 8 Issue 6 (SI Tropical Wood Degrading Fungi)

11. Aegis boa (Polyporales, Basidiomycota) a new neotropical genus and species based on morphological data and phylogenetic evidences
Gómez-Montoya et al. (2017)

Volume 8 Issue 2 (SI Botryosphaeriales)

11. Two new endophytic species of Phyllosticta (Phyllostictaceae, Botryosphaeriales) from Southern China
Lin et al. (2017)

10. Molecular characterization and pathogenicity of Diplodia corticola and other Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with canker and dieback of Quercus suber in Algeria
Smahi et al. (2017)

Volume 8 Issue 9 (September/October)-closed

12. Dendryphiella fasciculata sp. nov. and notes on other Dendryphiella species
Liu et al. (2017)

11. New species and records of Bipolaris and Curvularia from Thailand
Marin-Felix et al. (2017)

Volume 7 - Issue 5

Article Number 1

Cultural studies of Psilocybe sensu lato species (Agaricales, Strophariaceae).


Silva PS, Guzmán-Dávalos L, Silveira RMB

Received 14 July 2016
Accepted 26 August 2016
Published Online 08 September 2016
Corresponding Author Paula Santos da Silva – e-mail –

In searching for additional taxonomic characters, cultural characteristics of five strains belonging to five different species of Psilocybe s.l. were studied. A strain of Stropharia venusta was included for comparison. Some macro and micromorphological characteristics, such as growth rate, mat texture, mycelial cystidia and some hyphae modifications may be useful as taxonomic characters. Cultural characters of Deconica horizontalis, D. neorhombispora and S. venusta are described for the first time.

Keywords Deconica – mycelia cystidia – strains
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Article Number 2

Mycosphere Essays 9: Defining biotrophs and hemibiotrophs.


De Silva NI, Lumyong S, Hyde KD, Bulgakov T, Phillips AJL, Yan JY

Received 27 July 2016
Accepted 24 August 2016
Published Online 14 September 2016
Corresponding Author Saisamorn Lumyong –

Fungi are ubiquitous and exhibit diverse life-styles. Many exhibit a continuum of life-styles ranging from biotrophy, through to necrotrophy and ultimately to saprotrophy. This paper was initiated to establish a set of definitions for fungal life-styles, in an attempt to achieve better documentation in scientific publications of the roles played by taxa. Biotrophism is a life-style where a taxon shows high dependency on a host plant, but causes minimum damage. Biotrophs have total dependency upon living plant cells, whereas hemibiotrophs have an initial biotrophic life-style and a subsequent necrotrophic phase. The necrotrophic life-style involves actively killing host plant cells by secreting cell wall degrading enzymes and phytotoxins. Biotrophic fungi have developed an intimate relationship with the host plant using haustoria for nutrient assimilation. It is believed that biotrophy evolved when fungi developed an ability to modulate plant defense mechanisms. Therefore, biotrophs utilize different strategies to overcome host plant defenses. This paper defines the terms biotrophs and hemibiotrophs in relation to fungi and provides a discussion on its significance, role and life history.

Keywords appressoria – endophyte – haustorium – necrotroph – saprotroph
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Article Number 3

Characterization of an az0-dye-degrading white rot fungus isolated from Malaysia


Cheng WN, Sim HK, Ahmad SA, Syed MA, Shukor MY, Yusof MT

Received 13 July 2016
Accepted 28 August 2016
Published Online 25 September 2016
Corresponding Author Mohd Termizi Yusof –

Sixty-three local white-rot fungi were isolated from soil and wood samples on potato dextrose agar (PDA). All these isolates were screened for their ability to degrade 4 textile azo dyes; Ponceau 2R (C.I. 16450), Orange G (C.I. 16230), Direct Blue 71 (C.I. 34140) and Biebrich Scarlet (C.I. 26905). Out of 40 isolates that gave positive results, only 1 promising isolate which completely degrades all 4 dyes in the minimum amount of time was selected for further investigation. This isolate was sourced from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) Serdang campus. The isolate was tentatively identified as Coriolopsis sp. Strain arf5 based on the analysis of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region. Nutritional studies on defined solid medium showed that this isolate was only able to degrade the 4 azo dyes under nitrogen-limiting conditions and an additional carbon source (glucose) need to be added to provide sufficient energy for the degradation to occur. Various parameters were optimized.

Keywords Azo dye – biodegradation – Coriolopsis sp. – white rot fungus
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Article Number 4

Mycosphere Essays 12. Progress in the classification of the water–cooling tower ascomycete Savoryella and a tribute to John Savory: a review


Jones EBG, To-anun C, Suetrong S, Boonyuen N

Received 09 August 2016
Accepted 05 September 2016
Published Online 25 September 2016
Corresponding Author E. B. Gareth Jones – Chaiwat To-anun -

The genus Savoryella belongs in the family Savoryellaceae (Savoryellales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes) and its species have a worldwide distribution. A natural classification was not possible when the genus was introduced, since it predated molecular phylogenetic studies; therefore morphology-based descriptions only were provided. In this review we discuss the history and significance of the genus, illustrate its morphology and discuss its role in the colonization and biodeterioration of lignocellulosic materials. Molecular analyses of SSU, LSU and RPB2 sequence data placed the genus in the Hypocreomycetidae with high support and resulted in the introduction of the order Savoryellales. The role of Savoryella in the soft rot decay of wood is also discussed.

Keywords Phylogeny – Savoryellaceae – taxonomy – water cooling towers – wood decay
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Article Number 5

Mycosphere Essays 13 – Do xylariaceous macromycetes make up most of the Xylariomycetidae?


Daranagama DA, Jones EBG, Liu XZ, To-anun C, Stadler M, Hyde KD.

Received 12 July 2016
Accepted 05 September 2016
Published Online 26 September 2016
Corresponding Author To-anun C –

In this essay, we focus on the micro-xylariaceous genera (with inconspicuous ascomata and asexual morphs) in the Xylariomycetidae, with special emphasis on Xylariaceae. Are micro-xylariaceous less diverse than macro-xylariaceous genera (with conspicuous stromata) genera? This paper also reviews their taxonomic significance and current systematic relationship and evaluates different characters used in their taxonomic placement. So far, only a few micro-xylariaceous taxa have been studied in detail in comparison with the stromatic macroscopic xylariaceous taxa and the reasons for this are discussed. It is hoped that further sampling and study of different substrata and habitats, with greater emphasis on sequence data, may lead to the discovery of many more micro-xylariaceous genera.

Keywords Ascomycetes – micro-Xylariaceae – taxonomy – phylogeny – Xylariales
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Article Number 6

T-DNA activation-tagged mycelia producing fruiting bodies-specific triterpenoids in Antrodia cinnamomea - a medicinal fungus


Chen ECF, Agrawal DC, Wang HY, Chen WP, Tsay HS

Received 15 July 2016
Accepted 19 September 2016
Published Online 11 October 2016
Corresponding Author Agrawal DC – Tsay HS –

Antrodia cinnamomea, a medicinal fungus native to Taiwan is used as a traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of several critical illnesses including cancer. It was reported that the medicinal properties of this fungus are mainly due to the presence of certain triterpenoids in fruiting bodies, which are generally absent in mycelia. Fruiting bodies of A. cinnamomea carry an exorbitantly high price due to a short supply and ever increasing demand. In the present study, we report the development of activation tagged transgenic mycelia lines of A. cinnamomea. HPLC analysis of three transgenic lines showed production of both mycelia and fruiting bodies (FB) specific triterpenoids (dehydrosulphurenic acid, dehydroeburicoic acid, antcin A, B and C). The discovery of FB-specific triterpenoids in these transgenic lines of A. cinnamomea has significance since mycelia of this fungus are becoming increasingly popular as a functional food for the treatment of several diseases including cancer

Keywords A. cinnamomea – antcin A – antcin B – antcin C – dehydroeburicoic acid - dehydrosulphurenic acid – transgenic fungus
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Article Number 7

Halodiatrype, a novel diatrypaceous genus from mangroves with H. salinicola and H. avicenniae spp. nov.


Dayarathne MC, Phookamsak R, Hyde KD, Manawasinghe IS, To-anun C, Jones EBG

Received 07 September 2016
Accepted 06 October 2016
Published Online 13 October 2016
Corresponding Author Chaiwat To-anun – Gareth E.B. Jones –

Collections of diatrypaceous taxa from mangroves in southern Thailand yielded two novel species from intertidal habitats. Maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood and Bayesian analyses of combined ITS and β-TUB sequence data, showed their placement in a well-separated lineage in Diatrypaceae (Xylariales). We therefore introduce a novel genus, Halodiatrype to accommodate the new species, H. salinicola and H. avicenniae. Cryptosphaeria mangrovei is morphologically similar to this genus, and thus it is synonymized as Halodiatrype mangrovei. Morphological descriptions, Fig.s. and molecular data are provided for the new taxa. Our studies show that the molecular data for Diatrypaceae is highly confused with species of the same genera scattered across the tree. The family therefore needs a detailed monograph with molecular data and multigene analyses with so far unpublished genes.

Keywords β-TUB – Diatrypaceae – ITS – marine fungi – phylogeny – taxonomy
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Article Number 8

Phomatosporales ord. nov. and Phomatosporaceae fam. nov., to accommodate Lanspora, Phomatospora and Tenuimurus, gen. nov.


Senanayake IC, Al-Sadi AM, Bhat JD, Camporesi E, Dissanayake AJ, Lumyong S, Maharachchikumbura SSN, Hyde KD

Received 19 July 2016
Accepted 12 October 2016
Published Online 17 October 2016
Corresponding Author Saisamorn Lumyong – Kevin D. Hyde –

In an ongoing study on Sordariomycetes from Italy we identified three Phomatospora-like species, which we selected for further study. Morphological characterization and phylogenetic analysis, using combined LSU, SSU and ITS sequence data, showed them to be related to other Phomatospora species in a distinct clade in Sordariomycetes. The Phomatospora species clustered in three clades, including P. viticola in Phomatospora sensu stricto, Lanspora coronata, and the new genus Tenuimurus. These new taxa together with Lanspora coronata and other Phomatospora species form a distinct clade which we introduce as a new family Phomatosporaceae and a new order Phomatosporales, which is sister to the order Amplistromatales. The new genus and species are introduced and compared.

Keywords Diaportheomycetidae – multigene analysis – new taxa – Phomatospora-like species
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Article Number 9

Additions to the quadrate-spored Entoloma (Agaricales) in Kerala State, India


Pradeep CK, Vrinda KB, Bijeesh C, Baroni TJ

Received 14 July 2016
Accepted 15 October 2016
Published Online 21 October 2016
Corresponding Author Pradeep CK –

Two new quadrate spored species of Entoloma are described from Kerala, India based on morphological characters. Complete morphological descriptions along with photographs of habit and microstructures are provided. The new species are compared and discussed with morphologically similar species.

Keywords Agarics – Basidiomycota – entolomatoid fungi – quadrate spores – taxonomy
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Article Number 10

Phanerochaete porostereoides, a new species in the core clade with brown generative hyphae from China


Liu SL, He SH

Received 15 July 2016
Accepted 14 October 2016
Published Online 22 October 2016
Corresponding Author Shuang-Hui He –

A new species, Phanerochaete porostereoides, is described and illustrated from northwestern China based on the morphological and molecular evidence. It is characterized by a effused brown basidiocarp, a monomitic hyphal system, yellowish brown generative hyphae without clamp connections, numerous hyphal ends in hymenium and subhymenium, and small ellipsoid basidiospores 4.7–5.3 × 2.5–3.1 µm. Morphologically, P. porostereoides resembles Porostereum, but phylogenetic analyses inferred from the combined sequences of ITS and nLSU show that it is nested within the Phanerochaete s.s. clade, and not closely related to Porostereum spadiceum, type of the genus

Keywords Porostereum – taxonomy – wood-inhabiting fungi
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Article Number 11

Checklist of fungi on teak


Doilom M, Taylor JE, Bhat DJ, Chukeatirote E, Hyde KD, To-anun C, Jones EBG

Received 27 July 2016
Accepted 05 October 2016
Published Online 28 October 2016
Corresponding Author E. B. Gareth Jones – Chaiwat To-anun –

This publication provides an updated checklist of fungi on teak. This is a compilation of information on substrate and locality from where fungi have been recorded on teak, or original descriptions available. In total, 152 species with 34 hitherto unidentified species are listed here on teak, from 39 countries. The fungi recorded from teak are distributed in 32 orders, 69 families, 134 genera, which can be divided into two taxonomic groups: (i) Ascomycota: 23 orders, 54 families, 114 genera, 132 species identified and 29 unidentified species, and (ii) Basidiomycota: 9 orders, 15 families, 20 genera, 20 species identified and 5 unidentified species.

Keywords Ascomycota – Basidiomycota – fungi – Tectona grandis
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Article Number 12

Molecular phylogeny of Speiropsis pedatospora


Pratibha J, Bhat DJ, Prabhugaonkar A

Received 06 August 2016
Accepted 24 October 2016
Published Online 31 October 2016
Corresponding Author Ashish Prabhugaonkar –

Speiropsis pedatospora, an aero-aquatic fungus, was isolated from submerged plant litter in freshwater streams from India. Based on analysis of combined ITS and LSU sequence data, the species was positioned in the family Weisneriomycetaceae, as a sister group to Tubeufiales in the Dothideomycetes, instead of its current placement in the order Jahnulales. Speiropsis pedatospora, is the type species of the genus Speiropsis, is morphologically characterised by macronematous, mononematous, erect, branched conidiophores, polyblastic, denticulate, discrete conidiogeneous cells and long catenate conidia linearly joined by narrow, small isthmi. All asexual morph members of Weisneriomycetaceae with isthmospores are morphologically similar to the genus Speiropsis

Keywords aquatic fungi – Dothideomycetes – fungal diversity – phylogeny of asexual fungi – Western Ghats
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