First Record of Juncaceicola as Endophytic Fungi Associated with Deschampsia antarctica Desv.
AbstractIn the current study, we present the molecular characterization of an endophyte fungus associated with the leaves of Deschampsia antarctica Desv. (Poaceae), a monocot species native to Antarctica. The isolate was obtained from 90 leaf fragments from two distinct collection sites, both located on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands and Maritime Antarctica. The internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) was sequenced and the endophytic fungus was identified as belonging to the genus Juncaceicola Tennakoon, Camporesi, Phook and K.D. Hyde (99% nucleotide sequence identity). When compared to all fungi of the genus Juncaceicola deposited in data base, our isolate showed greater proximity with Juncaceicola typharum, however, because it presents a low bootstrap value to be considered a new species, we treat it as Juncaceicola cf. typharum. Moreover, the identification of our isolate as belonging to the genus Juncaceicola makes this the first occurrence of a species of this genus to be associated with the leaves of Antarctic plants. This work is considered as a starting point for other studies with fungi of this genus associated with leaves of Deschampsia antarctica, as it presents results from two collection points on a single Antarctic island, suggesting that new sites and new Antarctic islands should be explored. View Full-Text
- Supplementary File 1:
Supplementary (PDF, 1928 KB)
Share & Cite This Article
de Andrade, G.A.K.; Cañón, E.R.P.; Alves, R.P.; Schmitz, D.; Schünemann, A.L.; de Albuquerque, M.P.; Putzke, J.; Pereira, A.B.; de Carvalho Victoria, F. First Record of Juncaceicola as Endophytic Fungi Associated with Deschampsia antarctica Desv.. Diversity 2018, 10, 107.
de Andrade GAK, Cañón ERP, Alves RP, Schmitz D, Schünemann AL, de Albuquerque MP, Putzke J, Pereira AB, de Carvalho Victoria F. First Record of Juncaceicola as Endophytic Fungi Associated with Deschampsia antarctica Desv.. Diversity. 2018; 10(4):107.Chicago/Turabian Style
de Andrade, Guilherme A.K.; Cañón, Ehidy R.P.; Alves, Rodrigo P.; Schmitz, Daniela; Schünemann, Adriano L.; de Albuquerque, Margéli P.; Putzke, Jair; Pereira, Antônio B.; de Carvalho Victoria, Filipe. 2018. "First Record of Juncaceicola as Endophytic Fungi Associated with Deschampsia antarctica Desv.." Diversity 10, no. 4: 107.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.