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Fungal Planet description sheets: 107–127
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Novel species of microfungi described in the present study include the following from Australia and South Africa; Morphological and culture characteristics along with ITS DNA barcodes are provided for all taxa.
Phylogenetic marker development for target enrichment from transcriptome and genome skim data: the pipeline and its application in southern African Oxalis (Oxalidaceae)
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An automated and interactive script is created to select hundreds of orthologous low‐copy nuclear (LCN) loci for phylogenetics in nonmodel organisms by a comparison between transcriptome and genome skim data, which indicates that organellar phylogenies alone are unlikely to represent the species tree and stresses the utility of Hyb‐Seq in phylogenetics.
Discovery of Fungus-Mite Mutualism in a Unique Niche
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This study provides compelling evidence that mites are the primary vectors of infructescence-associated Ophiostoma spp.
Thecaphora capensis sp. nov., an unusual new anther smut on Oxalis in South Africa
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This study describes a new species of Thecaphora from Oxalis lanata var.
Do pollinators influence the assembly of flower colours within plant communities?
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Results imply that flower colour similarity carries a potential fitness cost, and suggests that other floral traits facilitate discrimination between similarly coloured species, thereby likely resulting in a low incidence of interspecific pollen transfer (IPT).
High ploidy diversity and distinct patterns of cytotype distribution in a widespread species of Oxalis in the Greater Cape Floristic Region.
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The results suggest that ploidy variation in the Greater Cape Floristic Region may be much greater than currently assumed, which has direct implications for radiation hypotheses in this biodiversity hotspot.
Mite-Mediated Hyperphoretic Dispersal of Ophiostoma spp. from the Infructescences of South African Protea spp.
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Two possible modes of mite dispersal are considered including self-dispersal between infructescences and dispersal through insect vectors, which seemed effective, because their hosts were colonized during the first flowering season 3–4 yr after fire.
New species of Ophiostomatales from Scolytinae and Platypodinae beetles in the Cape Floristic Region, including the discovery of the sexual state of Raffaelea
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This study represents the first collection of S. pallida, a species known from many environmental samples from across the world, from Scolytinae beetles, and R.vaginata, the first Raffaelea spp.
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