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Nakataea Hara, Diseases Rice Plant, Edn 2: 185 (1939)

Diaporthomycetidae, Magnaporthales, Magnaporthaceae, Nakataea

Index Fungorum number: IF 9075; Facesoffungi number: FoF 01102; 6 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020); 1 species with sequence data.


Saprobic or pathogenic on plants. Sexual morph: Ascomata dark brown, perithecial, globose, immersed, with ostiolar neck frequently swelling from the leaf tissue. Peridium thick-walled, comprising 5–12 layers, with dark cells. Asci 8-spored, unitunicate, thin-walled, subcylindrical, short pedicellate, deliquescent at maturity. Ascospores hyaline at middle cells, turning yellowish brown, spirally to parallel twisted, fusiform, curved, 3-septate, slightly bound at septa, granular. Asexual morph: Conidiophores brown, solitary, erect, smooth, septate, and branched, with integrated terminal. Conidiogenous cells forming a rachis with several denticles. Conidia middle cells medium brown, end cells hyaline, solitary, 3-septate, falcate to sigmoid, smooth-walled, and wider in the middle (adapted from Maharachchikumbura et al. 2016).


Type species: Nakataea sigmoidea (Cavara) Hara, Diseases Rice Plant, Edn 2: 185 (1939)


Notes: Nakataea causes stem rot of rice (Ou 1985). The genus was introduced based on N. oryzae (= N. sigmoidea) from Oryza sativa in Italy. Krause & Webster (1972) showed Nakataea and Magnaporthe are congeneric with their type species, N. oryzae and M. salvinii belonging to the same species. Therefore, Luo & Zhang (2013) synonymized M. oryzae under N. oryzae based on the name Nakataea (1939), which is older than Magnaporthe (1972) This resulted in Nakataea becoming the correct name for the type of the family (Murata et al. 2014, Klaubauf et al. 2014, Luo et al. 2015, Maharachchikumbura et al. 2015, 2016). Khemmuk et al. (2016) confirmed the two genera as congeneric, based on phylogenetic analysis of multi-genes (ITS, LSU, tef1, rpb1).Only Nakataea oryzae has molecular data available.



Species illustrated in this entry:

Nakataea oryzae (Catt.) J. Luo & N. Zhang




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Murata N, Aoki T, Kusaba M, Tosa Y, Chuma I. 2014 – Various species of Pyricularia constitute a robust clade distinct from Magnaporthe salvinii and its relatives in Magnaporthaceae. Journal of General Plant Pathology 80, 66–72

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