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1.  Genera in Bionectriaceae, Hypocreaceae, and Nectriaceae (Hypocreales) proposed for acceptance or rejection 
IMA Fungus  2013;4(1):41-51.
With the recent changes concerning pleomorphic fungi in the new International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN), it is necessary to propose the acceptance or protection of sexual morph-typified or asexual morph-typified generic names that do not have priority, or to propose the rejection or suppression1 of competing names. In addition, sexual morph-typified generic names, where widely used, must be proposed for rejection or suppression in favour of asexual morph-typified names that have priority, or the latter must be proposed for conservation or protection. Some pragmatic criteria used for deciding the acceptance or rejection of generic names include: the number of name changes required when one generic name is used over another, the clarity of the generic concept, their relative frequencies of use in the scientific literature, and a vote of interested mycologists. Here, twelve widely used generic names in three families of Hypocreales are proposed for acceptance, either by conservation or protection, despite their lack of priority of publication, or because they are widely used asexual morph-typified names. Each pair of generic names is evaluated, with a recommendation as to the generic name to be used, and safeguarded, either through conservation or protection. Four generic names typified by a species with a sexual morph as type that are younger than competing generic names typified by a species with an asexual morph type, are proposed for use. Eight older generic names typified by species with an asexual morph as type are proposed for use over younger competing generic names typified by a species with a sexual morph as type. Within Bionectriaceae, Clonostachys is recommended over Bionectria; in Hypocreaceae, Hypomyces is recommended over Cladobotryum, Sphaerostilbella over Gliocladium, and Trichoderma over Hypocrea; and in Nectriaceae, Actinostilbe is recommended over Lanatonectria, Cylindrocladiella over Nectricladiella, Fusarium over Gibberella, Gliocephalotrichum over Leuconectria, Gliocladiopsis over Glionectria, Nalanthamala over Rubrinectria, Nectria over Tubercularia, and Neonectria over Cylindrocarpon.
PMCID: PMC3719205  PMID: 23898411
Anamorph-typified genera; Article 59; New combinations; Nomenclature; Teleomorph-typified genera
2.  The Amsterdam Declaration on Fungal Nomenclature 
Hawksworth, David L. | Crous, Pedro W. | Redhead, Scott A. | Reynolds, Don R. | Samson, Robert A. | Seifert, Keith A. | Taylor, John W. | Wingfield, Michael J. | Abaci, Özlem | Aime, Catherine | Asan, Ahmet | Bai, Feng-Yan | de Beer, Z. Wilhelm | Begerow, Dominik | Berikten, Derya | Boekhout, Teun | Buchanan, Peter K. | Burgess, Treena | Buzina, Walter | Cai, Lei | Cannon, Paul F. | Crane, J. Leland | Damm, Ulrike | Daniel, Heide-Marie | van Diepeningen, Anne D. | Druzhinina, Irina | Dyer, Paul S. | Eberhardt, Ursula | Fell, Jack W. | Frisvad, Jens C. | Geiser, David M. | Geml, József | Glienke, Chirlei | Gräfenhan, Tom | Groenewald, Johannes Z. | Groenewald, Marizeth | de Gruyter, Johannes | Guého-Kellermann, Eveline | Guo, Liang-Dong | Hibbett, David S. | Hong, Seung-Beom | de Hoog, G. Sybren | Houbraken, Jos | Huhndorf, Sabine M. | Hyde, Kevin D. | Ismail, Ahmed | Johnston, Peter R. | Kadaifciler, Duygu G. | Kirk, Paul M. | Kõljalg, Urmas | Kurtzman, Cletus P. | Lagneau, Paul-Emile | Lévesque, C. André | Liu, Xingzhong | Lombard, Lorenzo | Meyer, Wieland | Miller, Andrew | Minter, David W. | Najafzadeh, Mohammad Javad | Norvell, Lorelei | Ozerskaya, Svetlana M. | Öziç, Rasime | Pennycook, Shaun R. | Peterson, Stephen W. | Pettersson, Olga V. | Quaedvlieg, William | Robert, Vincent A. | Ruibal, Constantino | Schnürer, Johan | Schroers, Hans-Josef | Shivas, Roger | Slippers, Bernard | Spierenburg, Henk | Takashima, Masako | Taşkın, Evrim | Thines, Marco | Thrane, Ulf | Uztan, Alev Haliki | van Raak, Marcel | Varga, János | Vasco, Aida | Verkley, Gerard | Videira, Sandra I.R. | de Vries, Ronald P. | Weir, Bevan S. | Yilmaz, Neriman | Yurkov, Andrey | Zhang, Ning
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 changed now that molecular data are routinely available. The issue is urgent as mycologists currently follow different practices, and no consensus was achieved by a Special Committee appointed in 2005 by the International Botanical Congress to advise on the problem. The Declaration recognizes the need for an orderly transitition to a single-name nomenclatural system for all fungi, and to provide mechanisms to protect names that otherwise then become endangered. That is, meaning that priority should be given to the first described name, except where that is a younger name in general use when the first author to select a name of a pleomorphic monophyletic genus is to be followed, and suggests controversial cases are referred to a body, such as the ICTF, which will report to the Committee for Fungi. If appropriate, the ICTF could be mandated to promote the implementation of the Declaration. In addition, but not forming part of the Declaration, are reports of discussions held during the symposium on the governance of the nomenclature of fungi, and the naming of fungi known only from an environmental nucleic acid sequence in particular. Possible amendments to the Draft BioCode (2011) to allow for the needs of mycologists are suggested for further consideration, and a possible example of how a fungus only known from the environment might be described is presented.
PMCID: PMC3317370  PMID: 22679594
Anamorph; Article 59; BioCode; Candidate species; Environmental sequences; International Code of Botanical Nomenclature; MycoCode; Pleomorphic fungi; Teleomorph
3.  Colletotrichum: species, ecology and interactions 
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 species complexes in the genus Colletotrichum are being revised and the identities of many pathogens clarified on the basis of molecular phylogenies, and that the genomes of four species are sequenced and decoded providing an enormous amount of data that are used to increase our understanding of the biology of Colletotrichum species.
PMCID: PMC3348780  PMID: 22679575
genome sequencing; host-pathogen interaction; identification; pathogenicity; population genetics; systematics
4.  Isolation, Characterization, and Avenacin Sensitivity of a Diverse Collection of Cereal-Root-Colonizing Fungi 
A total of 161 fungal isolates were obtained from the surface-sterilized roots of field-grown oat and wheat plants in order to investigate the nature of the root-colonizing fungi supported by these two cereals. Fungi were initially grouped according to their colony morphologies and then were further characterized by ribosomal DNA sequence analysis. The collection contained a wide range of ascomycetes and also some basidiomycete fungi. The fungi were subsequently assessed for their abilities to tolerate and degrade the antifungal oat root saponin, avenacin A-1. Nearly all the fungi obtained from oat roots were avenacin A-1 resistant, while both avenacin-sensitive and avenacin-resistant fungi were isolated from the roots of the non-saponin-producing cereal, wheat. The majority of the avenacin-resistant fungi were able to degrade avenacin A-1. These experiments suggest that avenacin A-1 is likely to influence the development of fungal communities within (and possibly also around) oat roots.
PMCID: PMC91506  PMID: 10427021

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