Banksiophoma australiensis Crous, in Crous et al., Persoonia 38: 255 (2017).
Index Fungorum number: IF 820933; Facesoffungi number: FoFxxx, Fig. 1
Description: see Crous et al. (2017).
Material examined: see Crous et al. (2017).
Fig. 1. Banksiophoma australiensis (CBS H-23121, holotype, re-drawn from Crous et al. 2017). a–c. Conidiogenous cells and conidia. Scale bars = 10 μm.
Importance and role
Importance of genus to ecosystem
Species of Banksiophoma are saprobic or pathogenic on host. As saprobes, they are involved in nutrient recycling in the ecosystem. As pathogen, they may form leaf spot and diseases on the host.
Industrial relevance and applications
No industrial use of Banksiophoma has been reported.
No biocontrol agent from Banksiophoma has been reported. Banksiophoma may have the potential to control some pathogens. This warrants further studies.
Biochemical importance of the genus, chemical diversity or applications
The chemical diversity of Banksiophoma has not been reported. Banksiophoma may have the potential to produce important chemical and toxins. Further studies are needed.
Diversity of the genus
Banksiophoma comprises only one species known on Banksia coccinea (Proteaceae) in Australia. Banksiophoma is still a poorly studied genus and more species discovery is needed.