Australasian Plant Pathology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 25–34 | Cite as

Australian cultures of Botryosphaeriaceae held in Queensland and Victoria plant pathology herbaria revisited

  • Yu Pei TanEmail author
  • Roger G. Shivas
  • Thomas S. Marney
  • Jacqueline Edwards
  • John Dearnaley
  • Fahimeh Jami
  • Treena I. Burgess
Original Paper


The Botryosphaeriaceae is one of the most widespread and cosmopolitan endophytic group of fungi. However, the species of this group can cause severe disease when the hosts are under stressful conditions. The aim of this study was to identify living cultures from the Botryosphaeriaceae family preserved in the Queensland and Victorian Plant Pathology Herbaria using DNA sequence analyses. The 51 isolates were collected between 1971 and 2017, from 35 different host genera, with the dominant host genera being Mangifera (11 isolates), Acacia (10), and Persea (5). Multilocus sequence analyses resulted in the re-identification of 41 isolates to the genera Botryosphaeria (2 isolates), Diplodia (4), Dothiorella (1), Lasiodiplodia (19), and Neofusicoccum (15), as well as some that belonged to genera outside of the Botryosphaeriaceae (10). New records for Australia were Botryosphaeria sinensis, Diplodia alatafructa, Lasiodiplodia gonubiensis, Neofusicoccum cryptoaustrale, and N. mangroviorum. These were identified as a result of a workshop organised by the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics. The results of this study provide the fundamental information regarding the diversity of Botryosphaeriaceae species present in Australian.


Biosecurity Diagnostics Taxonomy 



We thank Plant Health Australia (PHA) who provided funds for the workshop on the identification and classification of Botryosphaeriaceae species. The workshops were organised by the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics in collaboration with PHA as part of a professional development program for plant health diagnosticians. PHA sourced funding from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources through a grant from the Modern Diagnostics initiative. We thank the various diagnosticians who originally isolated the cultures and the herbaria staff who maintained the cultures. We also thank Prof. Pedro W. Crous for his constructive feedback in the review of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity QueenslandEcosciences PrecinctDutton ParkAustralia
  2. 2.Microbiology, Department of BiologyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands
  3. 3.Centre for Crop HealthUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  4. 4.Agriculture Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, AgriBio CentreBundooraAustralia
  5. 5.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  6. 6.School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  7. 7.Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  8. 8.School of Veterinary and Life SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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