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Vishnumyces otonephelii

Vishnumyces otonephelii Hosag. & Harish, Indian Phytopath. 63(1): 85 (2010).

            Index Fungorum number: IF 518814; Facesoffungi number: FoF xxx, Fig. 1

Description: see Hosagoudar (2012); Hongsanan et al. (2014).

Material examined: see Hongsanan et al. (2014).



Fig. 1. Vishnumyces otonephelii (re-drawn from Hosagoudar 2012). a. Appressoriate mycelium. b. Stellately dehisced thyriothecium. c. Ascus. d. Ascospore and germinating ascospore.


Importance and role

Importance of genus to ecosystem

Species of Vishnumyces are epiphytic, colonizing on the aerial parts of the plants. They may induce the formation of some important chemicals such as hormones (Kumar et al. 2017).


Industrial relevance and applications

The industrial applications of Vishnumyces has not been investigated.


Quarantine significance

The biocontrol properties of Vishnumyces has not been studied.


Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications

The chemical application of Vishnumyces has not been studied. Vishnumyces may produce important enzymes and toxins. Fresh cultures are needed for further studies.


Diversity of the genus

Vishnumyces comprises one species known on leaves of Otonephelium stipulaceum (Sapindaceae) in Kerala. Vishnumyces is a poorly studied genus and more species discovery is needed.




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