Editor: Richard Staples
New taxonomic concepts for the important forest pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica and related fungi
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2006
FEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume 258, Issue 2, pages 161–172, May 2006
How to Cite
Gryzenhout, M., Wingfield, B. D. and Wingfield, M. J. (2006), New taxonomic concepts for the important forest pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica and related fungi. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 258: 161–172. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2006.00170.x
- Issue published online: 21 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2006
- Received 25 October 2005, revised 19 January 2006, accepted 20 January 2006.First published online 21 February 2006.
Species of Cryphonectria include some of the world's most important and devastating tree pathogens. Largely through the application of DNA sequence phylogenies, the taxonomy of these fungi has undergone major changes in recent years. Cryphonectria, including the chestnut blight pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica, has been restricted to species that have semi-immersed stromata, orange and pulvinate conidiomata, and one-septate ascospores. Other species of Cryphonectria with different morphological characteristics have been transferred to new genera that are strongly supported by phylogenetic data. This review represents a summary of the taxonomic changes to species of Cryphonectria sensu lato, and we discuss the impact that these changes might have on the understanding of their ecology, pathology and worldwide distribution.