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First report of Aurifilum marmelostoma causing cankers on Terminalia mantaly in Taiwan


In 2015, cankers were observed on tree bark of Terminalia mantaly in Taiwan. A fungus with orange mycelium was consistently isolated and was identified as Aurifilum marmelostoma based on the morphological characteristics and two genetic markers: internal transcribed spacer and β-tubulin gene regions. The fungus produced similar canker symptoms after inoculation of T. mantaly and T. catappa seedlings. To our knowledge, this is the first record of A. marmelostoma in Asia.

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We thank Dr. Rossitza Rodeva, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and anonymous reviewers for advice on the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Yuan-Min Shen.

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The nucleotide sequence data reported are available in the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank databases under the accession numbers KU354419–KU354433.

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Shen, YM., Liu, HL., Huang, TC. et al. First report of Aurifilum marmelostoma causing cankers on Terminalia mantaly in Taiwan. J Gen Plant Pathol 82, 216–219 (2016).

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  • Aurifilum marmelostoma
  • Cryphonectriaceae
  • Canker diseases
  • rDNA spacer sequence
  • β-tubulin genes
  • Ornamentals