Three new species of Phyllosticta, P. hostae on Hosta plantaginea (China), P. schimae on Schima superba (China), and P. ilicis-aquifolii on Ilex aquifolium (UK), are described and illustrated in this study. They are compared with morphologically similar and phylogenetically closely related species. A polyphasic approach using phylogeny, host association, disease symptoms, colony and morphological characteristics, is employed to justify the introduction of the new taxa. Phylogenetic relationships of the new species with other Phyllosticta species are revealed by DNA sequence analyses based on the nrDNA-internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions and a combined multilocus alignment of the ITS, partial translation elongation factor 1-alpha (TEF1), actin (ACT), and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH) gene regions.

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Keywords Molecular, morphology, phylogeny, systematics, taxonomy
Journal Persoonia - Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi

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Su, Y.Y, & Cai, L. (2012). Polyphasic characterisation of three new Phyllosticta spp. Persoonia - Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi, 28(1), 76–84.