Bevan Simon Weir

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A liberibacter (isolate NZ082226) was detected in a symptomatic tomato plant and subsequently in five other members of the family Solanaceae: capsicum, potato, tamarillo, cape gooseberry and chilli. Phylogenetic analyses of the 16S rRNA gene sequence, the deduced amino acid sequence of the rplJ gene and a partial nucleotide sequence of the beta operon(More)
The New Zealand native legume flora are represented by four genera, Sophora, Carmichaelia, Clianthus, and Montigena. The adventive flora of New Zealand contains several legume species introduced in the 19th century and now established as serious invasive weeds. Until now, nothing has been reported on the identification of the associated rhizobia of native(More)
The Amsterdam Declaration on Fungal Nomenclature was agreed at an international symposium convened in Amsterdam on 19-20 April 2011 under the auspices of the International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF). The purpose of the symposium was to address the issue of whether or how the current system of naming pleomorphic fungi should be maintained or(More)
DNA phylogenetic comparisons have shown that morphology-based species recognition often underestimates fungal diversity. Therefore, the need for accurate DNA sequence data, tied to both correct taxonomic names and clearly annotated specimen data, has never been greater. Furthermore, the growing number of molecular ecology and microbiome projects using(More)
Comparative analysis of 70 16S rDNA sequences representing 20 Rhizobium species (including pathogenic Agrobacterium spp.) was conducted using Maximum Likelihood to establish relationships of species using multiple sequences. There is no significant internal division of the Rhizobium clade to suggest that it represents more than one genus. Plant pathogenic(More)
The presentations of the Special Interest Group meeting Colletotrichum: species, ecology and interactions, held on 1 August 2010 during IMC9 in Edinburgh, UK, are outlined. Seven research projects, ranged from systematics and population genetics to host-pathogen interactions and genome projects were presented. The meeting revealed that currently major(More)
Anthracnose disease caused by the Colletotrichum gloeosporioides species complex is a major problem worldwide. In this study, we investigated the phylogenetic diversity of 207 Indian Colletotrichum isolates, associated with symptomatic and asymptomatic tissues of mango, belonging to this species complex. Phylogenetic analyses were performed based on a(More)
Three new species of Phaeoacremonium (Pm.) found in discoloured wood of grapevine are described and named Pm. armeniacum, Pm. globosum and Pm. occidentale. Phaeomoniella chlamydospora was isolated from the same vines, but no other Phaeoacremonium spp. were present. Phaeoacremonium spp. have been associated with Petri and esca diseases in grapevine. In(More)
Sooty mould fungi are ubiquitous, abundant consumers of insect-honeydew that have been little-studied. They form a complex of unrelated fungi that coexist and compete for honeydew, which is a chemically complex resource. In this study, we used scanning electron microscopy in combination with T-RFLP community profiling and ITS-based tag-pyrosequencing to(More)