New Host Record, Robillarda africana, and Introducing a New Species from Rice in Northern Thailand
Sahar Absalan1,2, Ruvishika S Jayawardena2,3,Saisamorn Lumyong1,*, Kevin D Hyde2,3*
1 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
2 Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
3 School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the main economic crops and a staple food in Asian countries, particularly in Thailand. Identification of fungi associated with this host can provide insights to identify diseases in early stages, disease management and increase of yield. In northern Thailand, most of the studies have been focused on to identify the disease-causing fungi. Hence, a survey was conducted to identify the fungal diversity on rice in northern Thailand. Based on morphology and phylogenetic analyses (ITS and LSU) we identified a new species in Myrmecridium and a new host record of Robillarda Africana from rice in northern Thailand. These results update the diversity of fungi associated with rice in Thailand.