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Devriesia staurophora

Devriesia staurophora (W.B. Kendr.) Seifert & N.L. Nick., in Seifert et al., Can. J. Bot. 82(7): 919 (2004).

Hormodendrum staurophorum W.B. Kendr., Can. J. Bot. 39: 835 (1961).

            Index Fungorum number: IF 371260; Facesoffungi number: FoF 11373, Fig. 1

Description: see Seifert et al. (2004).

Material examined: see Seifert et al. (2004).

Fig. 1 Devriesia staurophora (DAOM 230744, holotype, re-drawn from Figs. 2–12 in Seifert et al. 2004). a–c Conidiophores, ramoconidia, short, acropetally developing chains of conidia, and thickened septa. d Single conidia and ramoconidia. e Germinating chlamydospore. Scale bars: a–e = 10 µm.

Importance and distribution

Species of Devriesia are heat resistant saprotrophs which can contaminate fruits or are found on decayed leaves. These taxa can survive heat treatments utilized during fruit processing and can spoil products during storage (Tournas 1994). Devriesia imbrexigena causes biodeterioration of majolica glazed tiles (Coutinho et al. 2019). There are 27 Devriesia records in Index Fungorum (2022), but several species have been synonymized and transferred to Extremus, Neodevriesia, Paradevriesia and Xenodevriesia. Devriesia comprises seven species known on Agapanthus africanus (Amaryllidaceae), Aloe sp. (Asphodelaceae), Amelanchier lamarckii (Rosaceae), Eucalyptus gomphocephala (Myrtaceae), Ficus elastica (Moraceae), Lagerstroemia (indica), Macrozamia communis (Lythraceae), Malus domestica (Rosaceae), Melaleuca sp. (Myrtaceae), Phaenocoma prolifera (Asteraceae), Picea abies (Pinaceae), Scaevola taccada (Goodeniaceae), Stirlingia latifolia (Proteaceae), Strelitzia sp. (Strelitziaceae), Vitis sp. (Vitaceae) and Xanthorrhoea australis (Asphodelaceae). Devriesia has wide distribution such as Asia (China), Europe (Germany, Netherlands), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), South Africa and the United States (Louisiana).



Quarantine significance

Devriesia is of quarantine concern as it causes disease on several plants such as sooty blotch and flyspeck on rubber trees in Asia (China) (Li et al. 2013). Some taxa may cause systemic phaeohyphomycosis in split nose rockfish (Sebastes diploproa) (Peel et al. 2021).



Coutinho M, Miller A, Rogerio-Candelera MÁ, Martin-Sanchez P et al. 2019 – Biodeterioration of majolica glazed tiles by the fungus Devriesia imbrexigena. Construction and Building Materials 12, 49–56.

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Peel M, Adams L, Stevens B, Garner M, Maguire C. 2021 – Systemic phaeohyphomycosis in splitnose rockfish (Sebastes diploproa) caused by Devriesia sp. Journal of Fish Diseases 44, 639–644.

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Seifert KA, Nickerson NL, Corlett M, Jackson ED et al. 2004 – Devriesia, a new hyphomycete genus to accommodate heat-resistant, cladosporium-like fungi. Canadian Journal of Botany 82, 914–926.

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