Lecideopsella gelatinosa Höhn., Sber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Math. -naturw. Kl., Abt. 1 118: 1230 (1909)
Index Fungorum number: IF 198682; Facesoffungi number: FoF xxx, Fig. 1
Description: see Phookamsak et al. (2016)
Material examined: see Phookamsak et al. (2016)
Fig. 1. Lecideopsella gelatinosa (redrawn from Höhnel’s herbarium package in FH, iconotype). a. Appearance of ascostroma on the host surface. b. Ascus. c Arrangement of ascospores in asci. d. Ascospore.
Importance and role
Importance of genus to ecosystem
Species of Lecideopsella are epiphytic and can damage the host plants by penetrating host cells for the uptake of nutrients (Ariyawansa et al. 2015, Hongsanan et al. 2014, 2015). They may reduce photosynthetic rate by forming hyphal cover on the host parts (Chomnunti et al. 2014, Hongsanan et al. 2015).
Industrial relevance and applications
There are currently no industrial applications of Lecideopsella.
No biocontrol agent has been reported from Lecideopsella.
Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications
The chemical diversity of Lecideopsella is unknown. Further studies are needed.
Diversity of the genus
Lecideopsella comprises four species known on seven host plants and plant families namely Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Apocynaceae, Arecaceae, Connaraceae, Oleaceae and Phyllanthaceae. Lecideopsella has been reported mainly from Maharashtra, Philippines, Trinidad-Tobago and Uganda. Many hosts and regions are still understudied for the genus. More species of Lecideopsella can be discovered from future studies.