Nigrospora oryzae (Berk. & Br.) Petch

5-day old

COLONIES fast growing, covering the whole area of potato dextrose agar (PDA) medium of a diameter of 10 cm within five days of growth at a temperature of 20-24oC, grey (1E1), low, tomentous.



CONIDIOPHORES (cp) short, mostly simple, rarely slightly branched, inflated neat the tip, with a small pore at the tip, from which single, terminal conidia develop.



CONIDIA (c) shiny, pale yellow (4A3) to orange yellow (4B8), when young, olive brown (4F8) to black, when mature, 1-celled, up to 15 µm diam, or ellipsoid, 11-16 x 9.5-12 µm.



SUBSTRATE AND DISTRIBUTION. Nigrospora oryzae can colonize different living and dead plant species (Blaszkowski 1994 a, b; Blaszkowski and Piech 2002; Domsch et al. 1970; Neergaard 1977).

The fungus is widespread in all parts of the world, particularly in the tropics (Blaszkowski 1994 a, b; Blaszkowski and Piech 2002; Domsch et al. 1980; Neergaard 1977).

NOTES. The teleomorph of N. oryzae is Khuskia oryzae H. Hudson (Domsch et al. 1980). The monotypic genus Khuskia belongs to the family Trichosphaeriaceae within the order Trichosphaeriales (Kirk et al. 2001).

Nigrospora oryzae is a saprotroph colonizing debris of different plant species and a weak parasite producing grain spots of rice, sorghum, and corn (Neergaard 1977). Nigrospora oryzae has been commonly found among fungi associated with seed of different cereals (Piech, Blaszkowski 1993; Blaszkowski and Piech 2002).


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Blaszkowski J., Piech M. 2002. Comparison of seed-borne fungal communities of naked and husked oats and barley. Phytopath. Pol. 24, 71-74.

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