Muribasidiospora indica causing a prominent leaf spot disease on Rhus lancea in South Africa
Muribasidiospora indica was identified as the causal organism associated with leaf spots of Rhus lancea in South Africa. The disease appears more commonly in the warmer provinces of South Africa (Gauteng, Free State) than in the Western Cape. The morphological identification of the causal organism was confirmed by comparing sequence data of the large subunit rRNA gene (28S) with that of reference strains of M. indica. This is the first confirmed record of this species occurring in Africa, where it appears to be a serious leaf pathogen on members of the Anacardiaceae.