Saccharata proteae (Wakef.) Denman & Crous, in Crous, Denman, Taylor, Swart & Palm, CBS Diversity Ser. (Utrecht) 2: 104 (2004)
≡ Phyllachora proteae Wakef., Bull. Misc. Inf., Kew (5): 164 (1922)
Index Fungorum number: IF 370531; Facesoffungi number: FoF xxx, Fig. 1
Description: see Wakefield (1922); Slippers et al. (2013)
Material examined: see Wakefield (1922); Slippers et al. (2013)
Fig. 1. Saccharata proteae (redrawn from Wakefield 1922) a Vertical section through stroma. b Ascus. c Ascospores. d Paraphyses. Scale bars: a = 20 µm, b = 50 µm, c = 10 µm.
Importance and role
Importance of genus to ecosystem
Species of Saccharata are saprobic and are involved in decomposition of dead organic matter. They play a major role as recyclers, making it possible for members of the other kingdoms to be supplied with nutrients and to live.
Industrial relevance and applications
There are currently no industrial applications of Saccharata.
No biocontrol agent from Saccharata has been reported.
Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications
The chemical diversity of Saccharata has not been investigated yet.
Diversity of the genus
Saccharata comprises nineteen species known from twelve host plant and five plant families namely Ericaceae, Fabaceae, Myrtaceae, Proteaceae and Zamiaceae. Saccharata has been reported mainly from Hawaiian Is., New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Western Cape Province. Many more species of Saccharata can be discovered in future studies.