Ceratocystis species fungal diversity

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Fungal Diversity (2010) 40:103–117 DOI 10.1007/s13225-009-0005-9

New Ceratocystis species infecting coffee, cacao, citrus and native trees in Colombia
M. Van Wyk & B. D. Wingfield & M. Marin & M. J. Wingfield

Received: 21 October 2009 / Accepted: 15 November 2009 / Published online: 13 January 2010 # Kevin D. Hyde 2010

Abstract Ceratocystis fimbriata sensu lato includes a large numberof plant and especially tree pathogens. In Colombia, isolates of this fungus cause a serious cankerstain disease on coffee as well as other fruit trees. Large collections of these isolates have been shown to occur in two distinct phylogenetic lineages based on ITS sequence comparisons. The aim of this study was to compare representatives of these two groups of isolates from coffee, citrus, cacaoand native trees in Colombia, based on morphology and DNA-sequences for three gene regions. Host-specificity of the fungus was also considered. Representatives of the two groups of isolates were morphologically distinct and could be distinguished based on DNA sequence comparisons. They are also distinct from other species in the C. fimbriata sensu lato species complex and the sweet potato pathogenC. fimbriata sensu stricto and are provided with the names C. colombiana sp. nov and C. papillata sp. nov. There was no evidence for host-specificity amongst isolates of these two fungi that collectively represent a serious threat to coffee production in Colombia. Keywords Ophiostomatoid fungi . Phylogenetic relationships . Species concepts . Tree diseases

Introduction Colombia is the world’slargest producer of coffee (Coffea arabica L.) and depends on this product for foreign exchange. It is consequently worrying that this crop is seriously affected by a canker-stain disease caused by Ceratocystis fimbriata Ellis & Halst. sensu lato (s.l.). The first record of coffee canker disease caused by this fungus, was from the island of Java (Indonesia) in 1900 (Pontis 1951) and it was firstrecorded in Colombia in 1932 (Zimmerman 1900; Castaño 1951). Canker stain disease caused by C. fimbriata s.l. in Colombia is found on a wide range of hosts other than coffee. These include citrus (Citrus reticulata Blanco, Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck and Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.) barinas nut (Caryodendron orinocense H. Karst.), mango (Mangifera indica L.), rubber (Hevea brasiliensis (Willd.) Müll.Arg.) cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) and several native forest trees including Schizolobium parahybum (Vell.) S.F. Blake and Annona muricata L. (Castaño 1951; Webster and Butler 1967; Kile 1993; Mourichon 1994; Pardo-Cardona 1995; Marin et al. 2003). Coffee is frequently cultivated in close proximity to citrus and native trees and it is likely that inoculum of the pathogen is readily exchanged betweenthese plants. Ceratocystis fimbriata s.l. requires wounds for infection and these are created during pruning and other cultivation practices (Pontis 1951; Marin et al. 2003). In some cases, the source of infection is chlamydospore-infested soil (Rossetto and Ribeiro 1990; Marin et al. 2003; Marin 2004). Ceratocystis fimbriata was first described based on isolates of the fungus causing black rotof sweet potato in the United States of America (Halsted 1890). Subsequently, the fungus was associated with diseases of a large number of different plant species in many parts of the world. While

M. Van Wyk (*) : B. D. Wingfield : M. J. Wingfield Department of Genetics, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa e-mail:marelize.vanwyk@fabi.up.ac.za M. Marin National University of Colombia, Medellin A.A. 3840, Colombia


Fungal Diversity (2010) 40:103–117

morphological differences between isolates of C. fimbriata s.l. were not clearly evident, Webster and Butler (1967) recognised that the fungus probably represented more than one entity. The availability of molecular techniques and particularly DNA sequence...