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Deciphering the biology of Cryptophyllachora eurasiatica gen. et sp. nov., an often cryptic pathogen of an allergenic weed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia

Kiss, Levente ; Kovács, Gábor M. ; Bóka, Károly ; Bohár, Gyula ; Bohárné, Krisztina Varga ; Németh, Márk Z. ; Takamatsu, Susumu ; Shin, Hyeon-Dong ; Hayova, Vera ; Nischwitz, Claudia ; Seier, Marion K. ; Evans, Harry C. ; Cannon, Paul F. ; Ash, Gavin James ; Shivas, Roger G. ; Müller-Schärer, Heinz

In: Scientific Reports, 2018, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 10806

A little known, unculturable ascomycete, referred to as Phyllachora ambrosiae, can destroy the inflorescences of Ambrosia artemisiifolia, an invasive agricultural weed and producer of highly allergenic pollen. The fungus often remains undetectable in ragweed populations. This work was conducted to understand its origin and pathogenesis, a prerequisite to consider its potential as a biocontrol...