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Metapochonia lutea, a new species isolated from the Danube river in Austria

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A new species Metapochonia lutea (Ascomycota, Hypocreales) is described and illustrated. This fungus differs from the other taxa in the genus Metapochonia by its production of intensive yellow pigment in culture, conidiophores with relatively complex verticillate branching, bean-shaped conidia, and by delayed development of one-celled and prominent thick-walled submerged chlamydospores usually in chains or irregular clusters of 3–5 cells. The new taxon is well supported by phylogenetic analysis of the internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) and translation elongation factor-1α gene (TEF1α). Two new combinations are proposed for Pochonia parasitica and Pochonia cordycepisociata, as both species are resolved in a phylogenetic clade with other Metapochonia species.
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Keywords: AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT; CLAVICIPITACEAE; ENTOMOPATHOGENIC FUNGI; NEMATOPHAGOUS FUNGI; TOLYPOCLADIUM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2018

This article was made available online on 08 May 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Metapochonia lutea, a new species isolated from the Danube river in Austria".

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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