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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Muscodor yucatenensis, a new endophytic ascomycete from Mexican chakah, Bursera simaruba

item Gonzalez, Maria
item Anaya-lang, Ana Luisa
item Glenn, Anthony - Tony
item Macias-rubalcava, Martha
item Hernandez-bautista, Blanca
item Hanlin, Richard

Submitted to: Mycological Society of America
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/16/2008
Publication Date: 8/9/2008
Citation: Gonzalez, M.C., Anaya-Lang, A., Glenn, A.E., Macias-Rubalcava, M.L., Hernandez-Bautista, B.E., Hanlin, R.T. 2008. Muscodor yucatenensis, a new endophytic ascomycete from Mexican chakah, Bursera simaruba. Mycological Society of America. August 9 - 13, 2008. State College, PA.

Interpretive Summary: Abstract - no summary required

Technical Abstract: During a study on the fungal endophytic associations with some trees of the dry tropical forest of El Eden Ecological Reserve located in the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, a new fungal species was isolated as an endophyte of a tree named chakah, chachah or huk´up by indigenous mayas. This fungus is characterized by producing a strong musty odor and absence of reproductive structures. Cultures of this fungus on PDA form a white felty colony with an uncolored reverse and a mycelium that grows slowly. Based on morphological and DNA sequence analyses, the Mexican isolate is related to but separated from Muscodor albus of the Xylariaceae and has not been previously described, therefore, Muscodor yucatanensis sp. nov. is described and illustrated. In addition, the new fungus produces a distinctive mixture of new bioactive volatile compounds and their chemical characterization is underway.

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