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Sexual Morph of Furcasterigmium furcatum (Plectosphaerellaceae) from Magnolia liliifera Collected in Northern Thailand

Jutamart Monkai1, Ruvishika S. Jayawardena1,2, Sajeewa S. N. Maharachchikumbura3,*, Kevin D. Hyde1
1 Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, 57100, Thailand
2 School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, 57100, Thailand
3 School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 611731, China
* Corresponding Author: Sajeewa S. N. Maharachchikumbura. Email: sajeewa83@yahoo.com

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany https://doi.org/10.32604/phyton.2020.09720

Abstract

We isolated an interesting fungus from dead leaves of Magnolia liliifera collected from Chiang Mai, Thailand. The novel strain is related to Plectosphaerellaceae based on the morphology of its asexual morph and the analysis of sequence data. Phylogenetic analyses using a combined gene analysis of LSU and ITS sequence data showed that this strain is clustered in the same clade with Furcasterigmium furcatum with high statistical support. The new strains produced the asexual morph in culture which is morphologically similar to F. furcatum. Thus, we identified this strain as the sexual morph of F. furcatum. This is the first record of sexual morph for the monotypic genus Furcasterigmium and the first record of this genus on Magnolia.

Keywords

Acremonium; phylogeny; sexual morph; sordariomycetes; taxonomy
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