Volume 8 - Issue 2 (SI Botryosphaeriales)

Article Number 1

Special issue – Towards a better understanding of Botryosphaeriales


AJL Phillips

Received 07 February 2017
Accepted 08 February 2017
Published Online 08 February 2017
Corresponding Author Alan Philips – alan.jl.phillips@gmail.com
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Article Number 2

Botryosphaeria rosaceae sp. nov. and B. ramosa, new botryosphaeriaceous taxa from China


Zhou YP, Zhang M, Dou ZhP, Zhang Y

Received 21 December 2016
Accepted 29 December 2016
Published Online 17 February 2017
Corresponding Author Ying Zhang – yinghku@gmail.com

A new species of Botryosphaeria (B. rosaceae) is described and illustrated from Rosaceae in China. Phylogenetic analysis based on combined ITS, LSU, tef1-α and TUB loci supported its separation from another species of Botryosphaeria. Morphologically, B. rosaceae was comparable with B. sinensia, but the smaller and slenderer ascospores and conidia as well as the broader host spectrum of B. sinensia differentiate it from B. rosaceae. In addition, Botryosphaeria ramosa was found associated with an Acacia species in this study, which is a new host and first report in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Keywords Asia – Multilocus phylogeny – Rosaceae – Taxonomy
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Article Number 3

Lasiodiplodia chinensis, a new holomorphic species from China


Dou ZP, He W, Zhang Y

Received 01 January 2017
Accepted 16 March 2017
Published Online 27 March 2017
Corresponding Author Zhang Ying – yinghku@gmail.com

A new species of Lasiodiplodia (L. chinensis) is described and illustrated from several hosts collected from Hainan and Shandong Province in China. Both sexual and asexual states of L. chinensis were observed, which is characterized by its broadly clavate to clavate asci, fusiform, hyaline and aseptate ascospores, and initially hyaline, aseptate, ovoid to ellipsoid conidia that become pigmented and 1–2-septate with longitudinal striations when mature. Phylogenetically, L. chinensis is closely related to L. pseudotheobromae, L. sterculiae and L. lignicola. Morphological comparisons of these four species lead to the conclusion that the collected taxon is new to science

Keywords Botryosphaeriaceae – phylogeny – sexual morph – taxonomy
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Article Number 4

Three species of Neofusicoccum (Botryosphaeriaceae, Botryosphaeriales) associated with woody plants from southern China


Zhang M, Lin S, He W, Zhang Y

Received 25 February 2017
Accepted 08 March 2017
Published Online 25 May 2017
Corresponding Author Y. Zhang & W. He – yinghku@gmail.com, hewei@bjfu.edu.cn

Two new species, namely N. sinense and N. illicii, collected from Guizhou and Guangxi provinces in China, are described and illustrated. Phylogenetic analysis based on combined ITS, tef1-α and TUB loci supported their separation from other reported species of Neofusicoccum. Morphologically, the relatively large conidia of N. illicii, which become 1–3-septate and pale yellow when aged, can be distinguishable from all other reported species of Neofusicoccum. Phylogenetically, N. sinense is closely related to N. brasiliense, N. grevilleae and N. kwambonambiense. The smaller conidia of N. sinense, which have lower L/W ratio and become 1–2-septate when aged, differ from the other three species. Neofusicoccum mangiferae was isolated from the dieback symptoms of mango in Guangdong Province.

Keywords Asia – endophytes – Morphology– Taxonomy
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