Fungal Diversity

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 143–156 | Cite as

The complex of Diplodia species associated with Fraxinus and some other woody hosts in Italy and Portugal

  • A. Alves
  • B. T. Linaldeddu
  • A. Deidda
  • B. Scanu
  • A. J. L. Phillips


Studies on the taxonomy and phylogeny of Diplodia have been hampered by the lack of an ex-type culture linked to the holotype of D. mutila, which is the type of the genus. In this study a large collection of Diplodia strains, obtained from ash and other woody hosts showing V-shaped cankers and branch dieback, were identified based on morphological characters and DNA sequence data from ITS and EF1-α loci. Results of combined morphological and phylogenetic analyses showed that the Fraxinus isolates from Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain belong to three distinct species namely Diplodia fraxini, Diplodia mutila and Diplodia subglobosa sp. nov. An epitype was designated for Diplodia mutila, with associated ex-epitype cultures. The name D. fraxini is re-instated and a neotype designated. Two species, Diplodia seriata and Diplodia pseudoseriata were reported for the first time on Fraxinus spp.


Botryosphaeriaceae Epitype Neotype Phylogeny Systematics Taxonomy 



We thank Dr Shaun Pennycook, Landcare Research, New Zealand for correcting the nomenclators for D. fraxini and D. mutila. Artur Alves was supported by the programme Ciência 2008, co-funded by the Human Potential Operational Programme (National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013) and the European Social Fund (EU). Part of this work was financed by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) through grant PEst-OE/BIA/UI0457/2011. Antonio Deidda gratefully acknowledges Sardinia Regional Government for the financial support of his PhD scholarship (P.O.R. Sardegna F.S.E. Operational Programme of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, European Social Fund 2007–2013—Axis IV Human Resources, Objective l.3, Line of Activity l.3.1.)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Alves
    • 1
  • B. T. Linaldeddu
    • 2
  • A. Deidda
    • 2
  • B. Scanu
    • 2
  • A. J. L. Phillips
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, CESAMUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Agraria, Sezione di Patologia vegetale ed EntomologiaUniversità degli Studi di SassariSassariItaly
  3. 3.Centro de Recursos Microbiológicos, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de LisboaCaparicaPortugal

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