First report of the ash dieback pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus in Korea

Jae Gu Han, Bhushan Shrestha, Tsuyoshi Hosoya, Kang Hyo Lee, Gi Ho Sung, Hyeon Dong Shin

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In the past two decades, European ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) have been severely damaged due to ash dieback disease, which is caused by the fungal species Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (Chalara fraxinea in the anamorphic stage). Recent molecular phylogenetic and population genetic studies have suggested that this fungus has been introduced from Asia to Europe. During a fungal survey in Korea, H. fraxineus-like apothecia were collected from fallen leaves, rachises, and petioles of Korean ash and Manchurian ash trees. The morphological and ecological traits of these materials are described with the internal transcribed spacer rDNA sequence comparison of H. fraxineus strains collected from Korea, China and Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-396
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Ash dieback
  • Chalara fraxinea
  • Hymenoscyphus fraxineus
  • Korean ash
  • Manchurian ash

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases


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