Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 111, Issue 10, pp 1785–1805 | Cite as

Two new species of the Fusarium solani species complex isolated from compost and hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)

  • Adnan ŠišićEmail author
  • Abdullah M. S. Al-Hatmi
  • Jelena Baćanović-Šišić
  • Sarah A. Ahmed
  • Dominic Dennenmoser
  • G. Sybren de Hoog
  • Maria R. Finckh
Original Paper


Two new species in the Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) are described and introduced. The new taxa are represented by German isolates CBS 142481 and CBS 142480 collected from commercial yard waste compost and vascular tissue of a wilting branch of hibiscus, respectively. The phylogenetic relationships of the collected strains to one another and within the FSSC were evaluated based on DNA sequences of 6 gene loci. Due to the limited sequence data available for reference strains in GenBank, however, a multi-gene phylogenetic analysis included partial sequences for the internal transcribed spacer region and intervening 5.8S nrRNA gene (ITS), translation elongation factor 1-alpha (tef1) and the RNA polymerase II second largest subunit (rpb2). Morphological and molecular phylogenetic data independently showed that these strains are distinct populations of the FSSC, nested within Clade 3. Thus, we introduce Fusarium stercicola and Fusarium witzenhausenense as novel species in the complex. In addition, 19 plant species of 7 legume genera were evaluated for their potential to host the newly described taxa. Eighteen plant species were successfully colonized, with 6 and 9 of these being symptomatic hosts for F. stercicola and F. witzenhausenense, respectively. As plants of the family Fabaceae are very distant to the originally sourced material from which the new taxa were recovered, our results suggest that F. stercicola and F. witzenhausenense are not host-specific and are ecologically fit to sustain stable populations in variety of habitats.


Fusarium 2 new taxa Legumes Morphology Multi-locus phylogeny Root rot 



This research was funded by the Zentralen Forschungsförderung (ZFF) provided by the University of Kassel (Grant Number 1930).

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecological Plant ProtectionUniversity of KasselWitzenhausenGermany
  2. 2.Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Centre of Expertise in MycologyRadboud University Medical Centre/Canisius Wilhelmina HospitalNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Directorate General of Health ServicesMinistry of Health, Ibri HospitalIbriOman
  5. 5.Department of Organic Plant Breeding and AgrobiodiversityUniversity of KasselWitzenhausenGermany
  6. 6.Faculty of Medical Laboratory SciencesUniversity of KhartoumKhartoumSudan
  7. 7.Basic Pathology DepartmentFederal University of Paraná StateCuritibaBrazil

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