Indian Phytopathology

, Volume 72, Issue 3, pp 555–559 | Cite as

First report of Brachysporium britannicum (Trichosphaeriaceae) from India

  • Manish Kumar DubeyEmail author
  • Zoya Shah
  • Ram Sanmukh Upadhyay
  • Ramesh Chandra Gupta
Short Communication


Brachysporium britannicum (Trichosphaeriales) was discovered on leaf litter from the Ramgarh forest, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. B. britannicum was found on decaying leaf litter of Quercus floribunda. Morphologically, it lines well with Brachysporium. The conidia are produced singly or in groups at the apex of the conidiophore, typically pendulous, ellipsoid to broadly ellipsoid, predominantly two-septate (transverse), broadly rounded at ends; basal cell small, crucible-shaped, hyaline with short or small pedicel; gently expanded conspicuous central cell, disc-shaped, brown to very dark brown, occasionally subhyaline, and hyaline terminal cell are the hallmark feature of the fungus. This rare species is recorded for the first time from India. Detailed taxonomic information on this Brachysporium species includes descriptions, geographical distribution, comments and illustrations, and a comparison with closely allied taxa.


Anamorphic fungi Ascomycetes Cellotape technique Quercus Trichosphaeriales 



The authors are grateful to the Head, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India for permission to use the necessary library and technical facilities. The authors would like to thank Dr. Rafael F. Castañeda-Ruiz for providing some invaluable suggestions. We are also indebted to Dr. Eric Mckenzie for his help with linguistic revision and valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Mycopathology and Microbial Technology, Centre of Advanced Study in BotanyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyKumaun UniversityAlmoraIndia

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