Australasian Plant Pathology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 35–44 | Cite as

Current status of the Botryosphaeriaceae in Australia

  • Treena I. BurgessEmail author
  • Yu Pei Tan
  • Jeff Garnas
  • Jacqueline Edwards
  • Kelly A. Scarlett
  • Lucas A. Shuttleworth
  • Rosalie Daniel
  • Elizabeth K. Dann
  • Louisamarie E. Parkinson
  • Quang Dinh
  • Roger G. Shivas
  • Fahimeh Jami


The Botryosphaeriales, and in particular the Botryosphaeriaceae, are a well-studied group of fungi best known for the canker diseases they cause on woody hosts especially in stressed or damaged trees. Australian Plant Pathology herbaria contain many records for this group, but due to considerable taxonomic changes over the past decade, many of the species names have since been reclassified. In this article we used all published records with available sequence data of the Botryosphaeriaceae in Australia to examine the distribution and host range of these taxa. There are 24 genera encompassing 222 species in the Botryosphaeriaceae; 9 genera and 62 species have been recorded in Australia. Some genera such as Neoscytalidium are only found in warm, humid climates while Dothiorella species are more common in temperate climates. There were species, such as Lasiodiplodia theobromae, Neofusicoccum parvum and Botryosphaeria dothidea, which had a wide host range with many records. However, there were also several species found only in one location on a single host. While systematic data collection is still required, the information presented here provides a baseline of species present in Australia and will underpin future studies into this group of important pathogens.


Lasiodiplodia Neofusicoccum Dothiorella Mangifera indica Vitis vinifera Phylogenetic conservatism 



The authors would like to thank all the plant health diagnostic staff and herbaria curatorial staff for isolating and maintaining the cultures accessed from BRIP and VPRI.

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Figure S1 Local Moran’s I estimates for each species represented on the phylogeny of Botryosphaeriaceae species in Australia based on climate index 1 (left) and 2 (right). Red bars are statistically significant at α=0.05. (PDF 13 kb)
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Table S1 (DOCX 138 kb)
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Treena I. Burgess
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yu Pei Tan
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jeff Garnas
    • 2
    • 5
  • Jacqueline Edwards
    • 6
    • 7
  • Kelly A. Scarlett
    • 8
  • Lucas A. Shuttleworth
    • 9
  • Rosalie Daniel
    • 10
  • Elizabeth K. Dann
    • 11
  • Louisamarie E. Parkinson
    • 11
  • Quang Dinh
    • 6
  • Roger G. Shivas
    • 3
    • 12
  • Fahimeh Jami
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Environmental and Conservation SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Agriculture and FisheriesBiosecurity Queensland, Ecosciences PrecinctDutton ParkAustralia
  4. 4.Microbiology, Department of BiologyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands
  5. 5.Department of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Agriculture Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and ResourcesAgriBio CentreBundooraAustralia
  7. 7.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  8. 8.Sydney Institute of Agriculture, School of Life and Environmental SciencesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  9. 9.Department of Primary IndustriesElizabeth Macarthur Agricultural InstituteMenangleAustralia
  10. 10.Department of Primary IndustriesCentral Coast Centre for Primary IndustriesOurimbahAustralia
  11. 11.Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food InnovationThe University of Queensland, Ecosciences PrecinctDutton ParkAustralia
  12. 12.Centre for Crop HealthUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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