SPORISORIUM SMUT PATHOGENS IN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN: THREE NEW REPORTS
M.L. Deadman, I.H. Al Mahmooli, J.F. Klimek, M.C. Aime
Smut teliospores were isolated from several species of infected grasses in the Sultanate of Oman. Pathogen identity was confirmed by nuclear ribosomal large subunit DNA sequencing and analysis and consequently three new national reports of smut pathogens of the genus Sporisorium isolated from sorghum (S. sorghi), sugarcane (S. scitamineum) and the native grass Dichanthium foveolatum (S. foveolati), are presented. Additionally the identification of the previously reported S. reilianum, from sorghum, is confirmed on the basis of nuclear rDNA sequence data. All four reports represent new records for the Arabian Peninsula region.