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Distocercosporaster dioscoreae

Distocercosporaster dioscoreae (Ellis & G. Martin) Videira, H.D. Shin, C. Nakash. & Crous, in Videira, Groenewald, Nakashima, Braun, Barreto, de Wit & Crous, Stud. Mycol. 87: 304 (2017).

Cercospora dioscoreae Ellis & G. Martin, Am. Nat. 16(12): 1003 (1882)

            Index Fungorum number: IF 822755; Facesoffungi number: FoFxxx, Fig. 1

Description: see Videira et al. (2017).

Material examined: see Videira et al. (2017).



Fig. 1. Distocercosporaster dioscoreae (CPC 11513; re-drawn from Videira et al. 2017). a, b. Conidiophores, conidiogenous cells and conidia. c. Catenate conidia. d. Conidiophore and conidiogenous cell.  e. Conidiophore, conidiogenous cell, single and catenate conidia. f, g. Catenate conidia.  Scale bars = 10 μm.


Importance and role

Importance of genus to ecosystem

Species of Distocercosporaster are pathogenic and cause leaf spot on the host.


Industrial relevance and applications

The industrial applications of Distocercosporaster has not been investigated.


Quarantine significance

The biocontrol properties of Distocercosporaster has not been reported.


Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications

The chemical application of Distocercosporaster has not been studied. Distocercosporaster may produce important enzymes and toxins. This warrants further studies.


Diversity of the genus

Distocercosporaster comprises only one species known on leaves of Dioscorea villosa (Dioscoreaceae) in Pennsylvania. The diversity of the genus Distocercosporaster is still only poorly understood, and the lineages described so far possibly represent only a small fraction of the true diversity of Distocercosporaster.



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