Two new species of the Fusarium solani species complex isolated from compost and hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)

Adnan Šišić, Abdullah M.S. Al-Hatmi, Jelena Baćanović-Šišić, Sarah A. Ahmed, Dominic Dennenmoser, G. Sybren de Hoog, Maria R. Finckh

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© 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature Two new species in the Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) are described and introduced. The new taxa are represented by German isolates CBS 142481 and CBS 142480 collected from commercial yard waste compost and vascular tissue of a wilting branch of hibiscus, respectively. The phylogenetic relationships of the collected strains to one another and within the FSSC were evaluated based on DNA sequences of 6 gene loci. Due to the limited sequence data available for reference strains in GenBank, however, a multi-gene phylogenetic analysis included partial sequences for the internal transcribed spacer region and intervening 5.8S nrRNA gene (ITS), translation elongation factor 1-alpha (tef1) and the RNA polymerase II second largest subunit (rpb2). Morphological and molecular phylogenetic data independently showed that these strains are distinct populations of the FSSC, nested within Clade 3. Thus, we introduce Fusarium stercicola and Fusarium witzenhausenense as novel species in the complex. In addition, 19 plant species of 7 legume genera were evaluated for their potential to host the newly described taxa. Eighteen plant species were successfully colonized, with 6 and 9 of these being symptomatic hosts for F. stercicola and F. witzenhausenense, respectively. As plants of the family Fabaceae are very distant to the originally sourced material from which the new taxa wer e recovered, our results suggest that F. stercicola and F. witzenhausenense are not host-specific and are ecologically fit to sustain stable populations in variety of habitats.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1785-1805
Number of pages21
JournalAntonie Van Leeuwenhoek International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2018


  • 2 new taxa
  • Fusarium
  • Legumes
  • Morphology
  • Multi-locus phylogeny
  • Root rot


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