A new species of Pithoascus and first report of this genus as endophyte associated with Ferula ovina

Zahra Tazik, Kamran Rahnama, Mehrdad Iranshahi, James Francis White, Hassan Soltanloo

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A newly described species of Pithoascus from roots of Ferula ovina differs from other Pithoascus species by producing larger ascomata than all described species except P. exsertus. The shape of its ascospores is similar to that of P. lunatus, but differs from it by having an asexual state. This new species differs from P. ater by having a sexual state. Phylogenetic analyses based on concatenated ITS rDNA, LSU rDNA and partial translation elongation factor 1 alpha gene datasets also confirmed the generic placement in Pithoascus and showed its close phylogenetic relationships to P. ater and P. lunatus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


  • Fungal endophyte
  • Microascaceae
  • Multi-locus phylogeny
  • Pithoascus persicus
  • SEM

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