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Colletotrichum species in Australia

Abstract

Forty-four species of Colletotrichum are confirmed as present in Australia based on DNA sequencing analyses. Many of these species were identified directly as a result of two workshops organised by the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics in Australia in 2015 that covered morphological and molecular approaches to identification of Colletotrichum. There are several other species of Colletotrichum reported from Australia that remain to be substantiated by DNA sequence-based methods. This body of work aims to provide a basis from which to critically examine a number of isolates of Colletotrichum deposited in Australian culture collections.

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We thank Plant Health Australia (PHA) who provided funds for two workshops on the identification and classification of Colletotrichum 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 Plant Biosecurity and Response Reform program. The authors especially wish to thank Julie McClements (Culture Collection WAC, WA), and Robyn Brett (Herbarium VPRI, Vic) for providing cultures.

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Shivas, R.G., Tan, Y.P., Edwards, J. et al. Colletotrichum species in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathol. 45, 447–464 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13313-016-0443-2

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Keywords

  • Biosecurity
  • Diagnostics
  • Molecular methods
  • Phylogenetic methods
  • Plant pathogens
  • Taxonomy