Important notice

Botryosphaeria as we have long known it has changed.  We now recognize it as being a small genus with only two (maybe three) species. This has prompted me to undertake a long overdue update of this website, namely corrections of the genus names of the species to reflect the changes proposed by Crous et al (2006).  I thought this would be the most important thing to do first.  Most of the names are now stable and it is highly unlikely that they will change again in the foreseeable future.  Having said that, I must say that some of the taxa have not been studied in enough detail for us to give the final verdict on where they fit within the scheme of the Botryosphaeriaceae.  One example is "Botryosphaeria" mamane.  Morphologically this fits in Botryosphaeria s. str. as it is now defined.  However, no authentic cultures of this species exist and the isolates studied by Crous et al (2006) could not be unambiguously allied to any of the genera recognized in this group of fungi.  Another example is "Botryosphaeria" quercuum and "Botryosphaeria melanops.  We have been working on these species for some time and soon we will be able to make a definite statement on where they belong and what name to use for them.  Finally, the large group consisting of Diplodia, Lasiodiplodia and some other genera was not fully resolved by Crous et al (2006), but I am reasonably confident that very soon we we will be able to publish some data that will finally resolve that group.  In the meantime, we can continue to use the generic names of Diplodia and Lasiodiplodia with confidence.

I will continue this process of updating by adding further descriptions of species, including those that have been described relatively recently.  Other aspects that are in urgent need of updating are the pages dealing with the basic concepts of the genus and the species.  I will get these updated as soon as I can ... but this all takes time.  If you are interested in Botryosphaeria and its allies, check the site from time to time to see how things develop, and I invite you to prod me into action if you think that progress is too slow.  Although I constantly check for typos and other errors, tell me if you spot any Miss Steaks.

As I constantly remind you ... if you have any comments or suggestions, or if want to contribute anything, talk to me, I am always happy to hear your favourable or unfavourable comments and opinions.  This refers not only to the actual content, but also the way it is presented (I am not a natural web designer).  Very often the unfavourable comments are the most helpful.


Re-evaluation. Version 01 saved 8 October 2007
Alan J. L. Phillips,
Centro de Recursos Microbiológicos, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Page copyright © 2007 A. J. L. Phillips