It is part of the Neofusicoccum parvum–Neofusicoccum ribis species complex, and it is commonly found as its asexual stage (Pavlic et al., 2009).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
The species was firstly collected in South Africa in 2008, but there is still little data on its ecology. In Brazil, the area of occurrence is the Atlantic Forest, one of the main global biodiversity hotspots, threatened by urbanization and agricultural activities. I suggest inclusion of it in the near threatened category.
The species is known in 11 countries, but GBIF shows only one. In Brazil, it is known in 2 of the 26 states.
Population and Trends
There are about 20 records of the species in the world, of which five (25%) are in South Africa. Although it is not a rare species, it is not very common.
Brazil has two occurrences of Neofusicoccum kwambonambiense, in the states of Espírito Santo (Lopes et al., 2014) and Alagoas (unpublished).
Habitat and Ecology
Worldwide distribution, but mainly found in South Africa. In Brazil, the species is found in the Atlantic Forest.
Studies of other biomes will contribute to assessing the species distribution.
It is part of the Neofusicoccum parvum-Neofusicoccum ribis species complex, and molecular studies need to be used to assist in species recognition, providing knowledge about the diversity in Botryosphaeriaceae.
TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecologyArea-based Management Plan
Use and Trade
Unpublished experiments with Neofusicoccum kwambonambiense isolates in Brazil have shown that this species has the potential for the production of L-asparaginase enzyme.