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Colony of Z. ardabiliae sporulating on oatmeal agar.
Colony of Z. ardabiliae sporulating on oatmeal agar.
Image Credit: Eva H. Stukenbrock.
Yeast like growth on synthetic-poor agar.
Yeast like growth on synthetic-poor agar.
Image Credit: Eva Stukenbrock.

Zymoseptoria ardabiliae is a hemibiotrophic pathogen within the family Dothideomycetes. It is closely related to the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici (synonym Mycosphaerella graminicola).
Z. ardabiliae was identified and isolated from two distinct grass species, Lolium perenne and Dactylis glomerata, in a northern province of Iran, Ardabil, in 2004. In spite of its close relatedness with Z. tritici, Z. ardabiliae has never been isolated from cultivated wheat, nor has it been identified at other locations. Z. ardabiliae has a hemibiotrophic lifestyle involving a long symptomless latent period followed by the induction of necrosis and asexual spore production. The pycndiospores spores produced by Z. ardabiliae have 1–3-septate and a size of 21–52 X 1.5–2.2 µm.
The close relatedness to Z. tritici has made Z. ardabiliae an excellent model for studies of genome evolution and speciation within the Zymoseptorias.

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