A taxonomic revision of Fusarium species associated with Sorghum in Queensland

Potter, Tarynn (2020) A taxonomic revision of Fusarium species associated with Sorghum in Queensland. Honours thesis, University of Southern Queensland. (Unpublished)

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Fusarium is a large and diverse genus of fungi that includes many economically important plant pathogens, which cause wilts, blights, root and stalk rots and cankers in a wide variety of crops. Multiple pathogenic and endophytic species of Fusarium have been isolated from sorghum crops in Australia, the taxonomic position of many of which remains unknown. The Fusarium spp. associated symptomatic and asymptomatic sorghum stalk in Queensland was investigated to elucidate the taxonomy of species associated with with symptomatic infection and those which may be investigated further to determine potential benefit to the soil microbiome. Using molecular techniques, three novel Fusarium spp. were identified and described, and several species were identified that have been previously reported in Australia. These included F. andiyazi, F. thapsinum, F. nygamai, F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum. Several Fusarium spp. were reported for the first time in Australian sorghum, including F. atrovinosum, F. vasinfectum and F. clavatum in sorghum and F. nanum and F. tardicrescens in Australia. No significant difference was found in the number or variety of species isolated from either symptomatic or asymptomatic sorghum. Pathogenicity studies and co-infection trials are recommended to clarify pathogenicity of the species isolated.

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Item Type: Thesis (Non-Research) (Honours)
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Vaghefi, Niloofar; Sparks, Adam; Shivas, Roger
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 23:56
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 03:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fusarium; Sorghum; Fungal Taxonomy; Phylogenetics
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060704 Plant Pathology
06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310705 Mycology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310805 Plant pathology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280111 Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180699 Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/45473

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