New fungal species on Boab (Baobab) and Jarrah

In collaboration with Professor Pedro Crous of CBS Netherlands today we described two new species of fungus and published this work in the international peer-reviewed journal Fungal Planet. The abstract of the paper can be viewed here.

Graphium jumulu Barber & Crous, sp. nov. was described from lesions on the trunk of the famous baobab growing in Kings Park ‘Gija Jumulu’. This tree was transported 3200km from Telegraph Creek to King’s Park in Perth, making way for the construction of a road bridge on the Great Northern Highway in 2008. During transport the tree received some damage to its trunk, and one of the fungi isolated from the rotten bark in 2010 was Graphium jumulu. The second fungus described was Ophiostoma eucalyptigena from declining Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) growing in the urban forest of Perth. This fungus was associated with bark beetles and blue-staining of the sapwood and heartwood of the jarrah trees, causing premature decline and death. The original stress initiating the decline is thought to be changing groundwater quality and frequent application of highly saline irrigation water. Graphium jumulu described from lesions on the famous baobab growing in Kings Park Gija Jumulu.

By ArborCarbon Director and Murdoch University Adjunct Professor Paul Barber

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Dr Paul Barber
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Paul is the Director of ArborCarbon and holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University where he continues to mentor students and is actively involved in research aimed at sustainable vegetation management outcomes. Please find more information in his CV- [pdf, 380kB]