Pseudoepicoccum cocos (F. Stevens) M.B. Ellis, Dematiaceous Hyphomycetes (Kew): 270 (1971)
≡ Epicoccum cocos F. Stevens, Philipp. Agric. 21: 81 (1932)
Index Fungorum number: IF 321781 Facesoffungi number: FoF xxx, Fig. 1
Description: see Pratibha et al. (2014).
Material examined: see Pratibha et al. (2014).
Fig. 1. Pseudoepicoccum cocos (MTCC 11762!; redrawn from Pratibha et al. 2014) a Conidia. Scale bar: a = 5 µm.
Importance and role
Importance of genus to ecosystem
Species of Pseudoepicoccum are pathogenic. They cause disease on the host plant which shows as leaf spots.
Industrial relevance and applications
There are currently no industrial applications of Pseudoepicoccum.
No biocontrol agent has been reported from Pseudoepicoccum. Pseudoepicoccum may have potential to control some pathogens. Further studies are needed.
Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications
The chemical diversity of Pseudoepicoccum has not been investigated.
Diversity of the genus
Pseudoepicoccum comprises two species. Epicoccum cocos was found from coconut leaves in Philippines. Sharma et al. (1985) added the second species P. tectonae, found on leaves of Tectona grandis (Lamiaceae) from Kerala, India. Pseudoepicoccum is poorly studied and more species discovery is needed.