Volume 8 - Issue 4

Article Number 1

A new species of Bertiella (Melanommataceae) from Brazil and a key to accepted species


Almeida DAC, Gusmão LFP, Miller AN

Received 21 November 2016
Accepted 15 February 2017
Published Online 01 March 2017
Corresponding Author Davi Augusto Carneiro de Almeida – daviaugusto@gmail.com

During an inventory of ascomycetes in the semi-arid region of Brazil, an undescribed specimen of Bertiella was found. It is described and illustrated as B. gelatinosa sp. nov., based on morphological data. The new fungus is distinguished by the size of the ascospores, which are surrounded by a gelatinous sheath. A synoptic table and a key to all known species of Bertiella are presented.

Keywords Ascomycota – Dothideomycetes – Pleosporales – Taxonomy
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Article Number 2

A family level rDNA based phylogeny of Cucurbitariaceae and Fenestellaceae with descriptions of new Fenestella species and Neocucurbitaria gen. nov.


Wanasinghe DN, Phookamsak R, Jeewon R, Wen Jing Li, Hyde KD, Jones EBG, Camporesi E, Promputtha I.

Received 01 February 2017
Accepted 28 February 2017
Published Online 07 March 2017
Corresponding Author Itthayakorn Promputtha – ppam118@gmail.com

The taxonomy of the family Cucurbitariaceae and its allies, especially Fenestellaceae has received little attention despite its broad relevance. To further clarify phylogenetic relationships between the two families, new collections were made and samples examined morphologically. Morphometric observations reveal two new Fenestella species that are different from other known species and are introduced as Fenestella ostryae sp. nov. and F. mackenziei sp. nov. The asexual morph of F. ostryae is also established from single spore cultures and described. Phylogeny inferred from a combined dataset of ITS, LSU and SSU rDNA sequence also reveals a close association of the new taxa to F. fenestrata, but they are distinct. Sequence analyses also support our previous assumption that Fenestellaceae should be synonymized with Cucurbitariaceae. Pyrenochaeta quercina, Pyrenochaeta unguis-hominis and an additional new cucurbitaria-like isolate constitute a strongly supported monophyletic lineage within Cucurbitariaceae. To better resolve intergeneric level relationships and improve taxonomic issues within Cucurbitariaceae, a new genus, Neocucurbitaria gen. nov. is introduced with Neocucurbitaria acerina as a new species.

Keywords Asexual morph – Dictyospores – Dothideomycetes – Italy – phylogeny – sexual morph
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Article Number 3

Magnicamarosporium diospyricola sp. nov. (Sulcatisporaceae) from Thailand


Phukhamsakda C, Bhat DJ, Hongsanan S, Tibpromma S, Yang JB, Promputtha I

Received 17 February 2017
Accepted 03 March 2017
Published Online 14 March 2017
Corresponding Author Itthayakorn Promputtha – itthayakorn.p@cmu.ac.th

A new species of Magnicamarosporium, M. diospyricola was found on dead or dying twigs of a dicotyledonous plant in southern Thailand. The new species is distinct from other species in Sulcatisporaceae, as it has dematiaceous dictyosporous conidia. It differs from Magnicamarosporium iriomotense in its smaller conidiomata and conidia. Bayesian inference and maximum likelihood analysis of combined LSU, SSU, ITS, and TEF1-α sequence data indicate that M. diospyricola is a well-resolved species, sister to M. iriomotense, in the family Sulcatisporaceae. The morphology and phylogenetic placement of the new species are discussed in this paper.

Keywords asexual morph – coelomycetes – Massarineae – Pleosporales – saprobes
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Article Number 4

Fungi from Asian Karst formations II. Two new species of Occultibambusa (Occultibambusaceae, Dothideomycetes) from karst landforms of China


Zhang JF, Liu JK, Hyde KD, Yang W, Liu ZY

Received 23 February 2017
Accepted 22 March 2017
Published Online 03 April 2017
Corresponding Author Liu ZY-gzliuzuoyi@163.com

During an investigation of saprobic ascomycetes from karst landforms in southwest China, two new species were isolated from dead bamboo culms collected from Maolan Town in Guizhou Province. The new taxa share similar morphological characters as known Occultibambusa species in having immersed, papillate ascomata, broadly-cylindrical to clavate asci and fusiform, hyaline to brown ascospores. Phylogenetic analysis of combined LSU, SSU, TEF1-α and RPB2 sequence data also placed the new taxa within the genus Occultibambusa in the family Occultibambusaceae with good support. The new taxa can be distinguished from other species by septation and different-sized ascospores and the present or absence of sheaths. The new species, Occultibambusa jonesii and O. maolanensis are introduced here, with descriptions, illustrations and molecular data.

Keywords Dothideomycetes-phylogeny-Pleosporales-taxonomy
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Article Number 5

Ectomycorrhizal fungal communities associated with Quercus dentata in a coastal broadleaf forest


Arai H, Tamai Y, Yajima T, Obase K, Miyamoto T

Received 31 October 2016
Accepted 24 November 2016
Published Online 15 April 2017
Corresponding Author Yutaka Tamai – ytamai@for.agr.hokudai.ac.jp

Coastal forests are exposed to high salinity and drought stress, and plant growth is restricted under such harsh conditions. Quercus dentata is one of the most common species in coastal forests in northern Japan. We investigated the changing vegetation in a coastal forest, shoreline to inland, and examined the ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal communities associated with Q. dentata. We aimed to determine whether the ECM changes corresponded with the changes in vegetation. More than 300 m inland, broadleaf trees such as Q. dentata were dominant. An almost pure Q. dentata stand was formed in the area closest to the shoreline. By contrast, as the forest moved inland, the occurrence of other tree species increased and the density of Q. dentata gradually decreased, respectively. In the areas that were furthest inland, Q. dentata, Q. crispula, Acer mono, and Tilia japonica were equally dominant. Five sampling plots (20 m × 20 m, each) were set up in the forest 100 m apart, and soil cores (including the fine roots of Q. dentata) were sampled in each plot. The total ECM colonization rate was > 98% in each sampling plot. Morphological characterization and DNA sequencing of the root tips identified six taxa (Tomentella sp., Russula spp., Tricholoma sp., Hebeloma sp. and Boletales sp.). Tomentella sp. was relatively abundant near the shoreline and its abundance decreased as the density of Q. dentata decreased inland. Conversely, Russula sp. increased as the forest moved inland.

Keywords coastal forest – ectomycorrhizal fungi – Quercus dentata – vegetation
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Article Number 6

Muscodor camphora, a new endophytic species from Cinnamomum camphora


Meshram V, Kapoor N, Chopra G, Saxena

Received 03 February 2017
Accepted 09 March 2017
Published Online 17 April 2017
Corresponding Author Sanjai Saxena – ssaxena@thapar.edu; sanjaibiotech@yahoo.com

The current study describes a new endophytic species Muscodor camphora from internal stem tissue of Cinnamomum camphora. The fungus produces white hairy colonies over potato dextrose agar medium with sterile ropy mycelial filaments and hyphal coils. Scanning electron micrographs exhibited that they form dense hyphal web, which club to form rope-like mycelium and coils. Phylogenetic, genetic distance and haplotype analyses based on internal transcribed spacer confirm its identity as a new species in the genus Muscodor. The fungus also produces a unique mixture of 18 volatile organic compounds predominantly producing tetracontane, 4-octadecylmorpholine, N, N-dimethyl-1-pentadecanamine and cis-9-hexadecenal. These volatiles exhibited synergistic inhibitory effect over a tested spectrum of pathogenic microorgan­isms. Out of 15 tested pathogenic microorganisms, the volatile organic compounds inhibit the growth of fungal pathogens by 13–70 %, while considerable inhibition was observed against Candida, Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas species.

Keywords ITS-rDNA, ropy mycelium, Tiger Hills, volatile organic
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Article Number 7

New record of Trichoglossum rasum from Asia


Prabhugaonkar A, Pratibha J

Received 10 January 2017
Accepted 05 February 2017
Published Online 17 April 2017
Corresponding Author Ashish Prabhugaonkar – ashishprabhugaonkar@gmail.com

Trichoglossum rasum, a rare species in the genus Trichoglossum, previously reported only from New Caledonia in 1909, was recently observed in Khasi hills, India. This paper illustrates important distributional record along with first molecular phylogenetic placement of the species. A review of all 19 hitherto accepted species in the genus is also provided. 

Keywords Fungal diversity, Geoglossaceae, Khasi hills
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Article Number 8

In-vitro antioxidant activity and nutritional value of four wild oyster mushroom collected from North-Eastern Part of Uttar Pradesh


Vishwakarma P, Singh P, Tripathi NN

Received 09 August 2016
Accepted 08 January 2017
Published Online 17 April 2017
Corresponding Author Vishwakarma Pratima – pratima.vishwakarma12@gmail.com

Four species of wild edible oyster mushroom viz., Pleurotus cystidiosus OK. Mill., P. flabellatus (Berk & Br.) Sacc., P. florida (Mont.) Singer and P. ostreatus (Jacq: Fries) were selected to evaluate their antioxidant property and bioactive compounds (β-carotene, lycopene, ascorbic acid and phenolic content). The antioxidant property of all tested mushroom extracts gave a positive result with free radical scavenging potentials. Phenolic content ranged from 37.70-39.01 mg/g. P. ostreatus showed highest antioxidant activity in all tested protocols (DPPH: 0.1884mg/ml, β-carotene bleaching assay: 0.362mg/ml, H2O2 Scavenging assay: 0.820mg/ml) in comparison to other three species tested viz., P. cystidiosus, P. flabellatus and P. florida. All mushroom tested exhibited significant antioxidant properties which therefore can be promoted as natural antioxidant preference in food and can also be used as nutraceuticals.

Keywords bioactive compounds – biochemical – DPPH – phenol – Pleurotus
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Article Number 9

Taxonomy and phylogeny of Sparticola muriformis sp. nov. on decaying grass


Karunarathna A, Phookamsak R, Wanasinghe DN, Wijayawardene NN, Weerahewa HLD, Khan S, Wang Y

Received 27 March 2017
Accepted 15 April 2017
Published Online 21 April 2017
Corresponding Author yongwangbis@aliyun.com

Members of Sporormiaceae are saprobes on plant debris, wood, soil and dung and are sometimes endophytes. In this study, a saprobic species was collected from decaying grass in China. Maximum-parsimony, maximum-likelihood and Bayesian Inference analyses of combined ITS, LSU, SSU, TEF1-α and RPB2 sequence data clarified the phylogenetic affinity in Sparticola. The isolate was confirmed as a new species based on morphological and phylogenetic analyses. Sparticola muriformis sp. nov. is distinguished from other taxa in Sporormiaceae by having muriform ascospores. 


Keywords Dothideomycetes – muriform – Pleosporales – Sporormiaceae
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