A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa

McTaggart, Alistair R. and Beasley, Dean R. and Wingfield, Michael J. and Wood, Alan R. and Pretorius, Zakkie K. and Drenth, Andre and Shivas, Roger G. and Roux, Jolanda (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys, 26. pp. 77-83. ISSN 1314-4057

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Rust fungi (Pucciniales) are some of the most important plant pathogens that cause diseases of agricultural and tree crops. There are approximately 8,000 described species worldwide. The rust fungi of South Africa were extensively studied by Ethel M. Doidge (1887 – 1965), who listed 468 species. Many nomenclatural and taxonomic changes, together with the discovery of new species and incursions of exotic species, have subsequently outdated Doidge’s monograph. To address this problem, we have developed an interactive Lucid key for the identification of 50 species of rust fungi in 17 genera from countries in southern Africa. The key is dynamic and may be updated in real-time. The Lucid key provides a platform to progressively provide descriptions and images for all rust fungi in southern Africa. Plant pathologists and mycologists are invited to participate in the development of this resource.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Alistair R. McTaggart et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Crop Health
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 02:03
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: cybertaxonomy, key, Lucid, morphology, Puccinia porri, rust fungi, taxonomy, Uredinales
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33727

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