New Ceratocystis species associated with rapid death of Metrosideros polymorpha in Hawai’i

  title={New Ceratocystis species associated with rapid death of Metrosideros polymorpha in Hawai’i},
  author={Irene Barnes and Arista Fourie and Michael J. Wingfield and Thomas C Harrington and Douglas L Mcnew and Lionel S. Sugiyama and Blaine C. Luiz and Wade P. Heller and Lisa M. Keith},
  journal={Persoonia : Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi},
  pages={154 - 181}
The native ‘ōhi’a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) has cultural, biological and ecological significance to Hawai’i, but it is seriously threatened by a disease commonly referred to as rapid ‘ōhi’a death (ROD). Preliminary investigations showed that a Ceratocystis species similar to C. fimbriata was the cause of the disease. In this study, we used a combination of the phylogenetic, morphological and biological species concepts, as well as pathogenicity tests and microsatellite analyses, to… 

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