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

Zymoseptoria pseudotritici is a hemibiotrophic pathogen within the family Dothideomycetes. It is closely related to the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici (synonym Mycosphaerella graminicola).
Z. pseudotritici was identified and isolated from two distinct grass species Elymus repens and Dactylis glomerata in a northern province of Iran, Ardabil, in 2004. In spite of its close relatedness with Z. tritici, Z. pseudotritici has never been isolated from cultivated wheat, nor has it been identified at other locations. Z. pseudotritici 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. pseudotritici are smaller than pycndiospores produced by Z. tritici (1 septae, 7–22 X 2.5–3 µm.
The close relatedness to Z. tritici has made Z. pseudotritici an excellent model for studies of genome evolution and speciation within the Zymoseptorias. Evolutionary genome studies have revealed that Z. pseudotritici is a hybrid species that originated recently from an interspecific hybridization event between closely related but distinct Zymoseptoria species.

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