Kirschsteiniothelia thujina (Peck) D. Hawksw. (Kirschsteiniotheliaceae), reported from Europe for the first time
By Zhang Y., Fournier J.

Vol. 7 (1) – 10 February 2015

doi: 10.25664/art-0125

 Open Access


Abstract: A dothideomycete repeatedly collected on stubs of dead branches of Abies alba in the French Pyrénées and once on the Spanish side of the Pyrénées was identified as Kirschsteiniothelia thujina based on morphological and ecological characters. This fungus was known from North America and had not been reported from Europe. A sample was isolated in artificial culture and three loci of genes sequenced. A phylogenetic analysis based on the results confirmed its placement in Kirschsteiniothelia and revealed its affinities with other taxa known in that genus. The peculiar ecology of K. thujina is briefly commented