|Huang, C.L.;Y.Z. Wang
|New Records of Endophytic Fungi Associated with the Araucariaceae in Taiwan
|Collection and Research
|Araucaria cunninghamii and A. heterophylla are popular ornamental trees in Taiwan, and Wollemia nobilis was introduced to Taiwan in 2005. Branches of these araucariaceous plants which had died back were sampled for botryosphaeriaceous pathogens, and isolates were identified using morphological and molecular taxonomic techniques. We found that fungi associated with these araucariaceous hosts included Botrysphaeria dothidea, Lasiodiplodia theobromae, Neofusicoccum mangiferae, and N. parvum. They were distributed in wider phylogenetic clades than in previous reports, and did not reveal host specificity. We suggest that this phenomenon might be associated with a regional pathogen pool which caused this unique host pattern in Taiwan.