Teratosphaeria pseudonubilosa sp. nov., a serious Eucalyptus leaf pathogen in the Teratosphaeria nubilosa species complex
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Teratosphaeria nubilosa is one of the most important pathogens of Eucalyptus in commercial plantations. A recent study has shown that the fungus, hitherto treated under this name, represents a complex of two species. Teratosphaeria pseudonubilosa sp. nov. is, therefore, described as a closely related and morphologically similar, sister species to T. nubilosa. T. pseudonubilosa infects leaves of commercially propagated and native E. globulus trees in forests of Victoria and Tasmania (Australia), where it is native. It has also been introduced into Western Australia and New Zealand where it causes serious defoliation of susceptible trees. A revised geographical distribution of T. nubilosa sensu stricto and T. pseudonubilosa is provided to assist in the future management of the diseases that they cause.
KeywordsMycosphaerella leaf disease Forest pathogen Taxonomy Eucalyptus Teratosphaeria nubilosa
Taxonomic noveltyTeratosphaeria pseudonubilosa sp. nov. G. Pérez & Carnegie
We thank the National Research Foundation (NRF), members of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP), the THRIP initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB), South Africa, for financial support. Katherine Taylor, Ian Smith and David Smith are thanked for their contribution in sample collections and the CRC for Forestry for financial support when G.P. was collecting specimens in Australia.
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