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Pseudopestalotiopsis ignota and Ps. camelliae spp. nov. associated with grey blight disease of tea in China

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We combined morphological and combined ITS, TUB and TEF sequence data to infer the phylogeny of the recently introduced genus Pseudopestalotiopsis. Two new species from China, Ps. camelliae from blighted leaves of Camellia sinensis and Ps. ignota from an undetermined host in China, are introduced with illustrated accounts and compared with similar taxa. Grey blight disease of tea appears to be caused by a group of fungi that constitutes a species complex. A new combination is proposed to emend the monophyly of Pseudopestalotiopsis and a species comparison is provided for taxa in the genus.

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Maharachchikumbura, S.S., Guo, LD., Liu, ZY. et al. Pseudopestalotiopsis ignota and Ps. camelliae spp. nov. associated with grey blight disease of tea in China. Mycol Progress 15, 22 (2016).

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