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Contribution to the smut fungi of Africa. 1

Teodor T. Denchev & Cvetomir M. Denchev
MYCOBIOTA 6: 21–27 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.12664/mycobiota.2016.06.02
Published online: 06 March 2016
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Four species of smut fungi are reported for the first time from the following areas: Melanopsichium pennsylvanicum from Egypt and Madagascar, Sporisorium foveolati from the Canary Islands and Somalia, Sporisorium lanigeri from Somalia, on a new host, Cymbopogon pospischilii, and Urocystis corsica from the Canary Islands. Echinochloa stagnina is a new host of Ustilago trichophora in Africa (based on a record from Zambia).

Africa,Canary Islands,Egypt,Madagascar,Melanopsichium,Poaceae,smut fungi,Somalia,Sporisorium,taxonom
Seven new species of smut fungi (Ustilaginomycotina)
Kálmán Vánky
Mycologia Balcanica 8: 97–104 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2550638
Published online: 13 December 2011
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Seven new species, Anthracoidea breweri on Carex breweri and C. subnigricans from USA, Anthracoidea griseae on Carex grisea from USA, Farysia echinulata on Carex fischeri from Kenya, Tilletia avenastri on Avenastrum turgidulum from Lesotho, Urocystis anemonae-narcissiflorae on Anemone narcissiflora from Canada, Ustanciosporium venezuelanum on Rhynchospora sp. from Venezuela, and Ustilago buchloëformis on Bouteloua repens from Mexico are described and illustrated.

Anemone, Anthracoidea, Avenastrum, Bouteloua, Carex, Farysia echinulata, Rhynchospora, smut fungi, Tilletia avenastri, Urocystis anemonae-narcissiflorae, Ustanciosporium venezuelanum, Ustilago buchloëformis
Smut fungi in Africa – a checklist
Kálmán Vánky, Christine Vánky & Cvetomir M. Denchev
Mycologia Balcanica 8: 1–77 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2550336
Published online: 07 June 2011
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The checklist of the smut fungi of Africa and adjacent islands contains 427 species in 47 genera, arranged alphabetically. A short description of each genus is provided. For each species the author(s), place of publication, type(s), nomenclatural and taxonomic synonyms are given, as well as the host plant family, host plant genus (genera), and general distribution are mentioned. For each species the African host plants and the countries from where they are known are enumerated. A chapter of doubtful, excluded or invalidly published taxa is compiled. A list of selected literature is completing the paper. The checklist reflects the great, but incompletely known biodiversity of Africa.

Africa, biodiversity, smut fungi, taxonomy
Estimating the threat status of smut fungi
Cvetomir M. Denchev
Mycologia Balcanica 7: 9–15 (2010)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2550124
Published online: 03 November 2010
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Conservation of fungal diversity needs to be integrated. Smut fungi are potentially a key group for illustrating the problems encountered when estimating the conservation status of microscopic fungi. Various difficulties in assessing the status of smut fungi are described. Examples are provided of threatened species of smut fungi, evaluated with IUCN criteria.

conservation of fungi, fungal diversity, smut fungi
Keys to smut fungi of selected host plant families and genera
Kálmán Vánky
Mycologia Balcanica 6: 1–36 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548832
Published online: 28 August 2009
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Identification keys to smut fungi (Ustilaginomycotina p.p. and Microbotryales) of 14 selected host plant families and 51 keys to 92 selected host plant genera are presented to facilitate world-wide identification of these plant parasitic microfungi.

identification keys, Microbotryales, smut fungi, Ustilaginomycotina
Ustacystis waldsteiniae, a remarkable smut fungus (Ustilaginomycetes)
Kálmán Vánky
Mycologia Balcanica 6: 67–72 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548910
Published online: 28 August 2009
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An historical account is given of the smut fungus, Ustacystis waldsteiniae, which is parasitic on members of Rosaceae. This is followed by a short characterisation of the unispecific genus Ustacystis, and a detailed, illustrated description of U. waldsteiniae. Synonyms of the genus and species, host plant range and geographic distribution are also provided.

Geum, plant parasite, Rosaceae, smut fungi, Urocystidaceae, Ustacystis, Ustacystis waldsteiniae, Waldsteinia
The genus Vankya (Urocystidaceae) revisited
Kálmán Vánky
Mycologia Balcanica 6: 73–78 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548912
Published online: 28 August 2009
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An historical account of the smut genus Vankya and its type species, V. ornithogali. is given. It is apparent that V. ornithogali does not infect Ornithogalum, only species of Gagea, and that the genus Vankya is restricted to host plants in the Liliaceae s.str. It is shown for the first time that there are sterile cells between the spores of species of Vankya. Detailed descriptions of Vankya and its three species, including the new V. lloydiae on Lloydia triflora, are provided as well as synonyms, host plant ranges, geographic distributions and a key to the species. A lectotype is designated for Ustilago heufleri.

Liliaceae, new species, smut fungi, Urocystidaceae, Vankya, Vankya heufleri, Vankya lloydiae, Vankya ornithogali
Two new Thecaphora species, T. ulicis and T. hosackiae (Ustilaginomycetes) on Fabaceae
Kálmán Vánky
Mycologia Balcanica 5: 129–133 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548651
Published online: 23 December 2008
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Two new Thecaphora species, T. ulicis on Ulex minor from England, and T. hosackiae on Hosackia parviflora from the U.S.A., are described.

Fabaceae, Hosackia, new species, smut fungi, Thecaphora hosackiae, Thecaphora ulicis, Ulex
Urocystis jaapiana (Urocystidaceae) on Ruscus hypophyllum (Ruscaceae) from Algeria
Kálmán Vánky & Abdelaziz Kedad
Mycologia Balcanica 5: 87–89 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548559
Published online: 30 May 2008
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The rare Urocystis jaapiana, collected on a new host plant species, Ruscus hypophyllum in Algeria, is described, illustrated, and compared with the type specimen on R. aculeatus.

Algeria, Liliaceae s. lat., new host plant, Ruscus hypophyllum, smut fungi, Urocystis jaapiana
New records of fungi, fungus-like organisms, and slime moulds from Europe and Asia: 7-13
Cvetomir M. (comp.) Denchev
Mycologia Balcanica 5: 153–157 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548816
Published online: 23 January 2008
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Cladosporium aecidiicola on spermogonia of Tranzschelia pruni-spinosae on Anemone ranunculoides is reported from Austria. It is the first record of this species from spermogonia. The following new records are reported for the first time: Merendera attica, as a new host of Urocystis colchici (from Bulgaria); Helleborus orientalis, as a new host of Urocystis floccosa – a new species for Turkey; Cantharellus amethysteus from Bulgaria; and Badhamia dubia from Turkey. New combinations of Microbotryum viviparum on Polygonum viviparum in Bauhinus, and Neovossia japonica on Alopecurus geniculatus in Tilletia are proposed.

Anemone ranunculoides, Austria, Badhamia dubia, Bauhinus viviparus, Bulgaria, Cantharellus amethysteus, China, Cladosporium aecidiicola, fungicolous fungi, Helleborus orientalis, hyperparasite, Japan, Merendera attica, Microbotryum, myxomycetes, Neovossia, Tilletia japonica, Tranzschelia pruni-spinosae, Turkey, Urocystis
Four new species of smut fungi (Ustilaginomycetes) from Australia
Roger G. Shivas & Kálmán Vánky
Mycologia Balcanica 4: 5–10 (2007)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2547695
Published online: 20 June 2007
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Four new smut fungi are described from Australia, Sporisorium incompletum on Cynodon incompletus, Tilletia lachnagrostidis on Lachnagrostis filiformis, Tranzscheliella austrostipae on Austrostipa verticillata, and Urocystis glabella on Hypoxis glabella.

new species, smut fungi, Sporisorium, Tilletia, Tranzscheliella, Urocystis, Ustilaginomycetes
Thecaphora pakistanica sp. nov. (Ustilaginomycetes) on Androsace (Primulaceae)
Kálmán Vánky, Syed Hussain Iqbal & Abdul Nasir Khalid
Mycologia Balcanica 4: 83–85 (2007)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2547957
Published online: 20 June 2007
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A third Thecaphora species on Androsace, T. pakistanica on A. rotundifolia is described from Pakistan.

Androsace, new species, smut fungi, Thecaphora, Thecaphora pakistanica
A new host record of Thecaphora saponariae (Ustilaginomycetes) from Dobrogea (Romania)
Cătălin Tănase & Cvetomir M. Denchev
Mycologia Balcanica 2: 183 (2005)
doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2547009
Published online: 30 June 2005
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Silene thymifolia is reported as a new host of Thecaphora saponariae.

Romania, smut fungi, Thecaphora saponariae