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December 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

Species Named in Honor of Professor Emeritus, Dr. Jim Braselton

Dr. James Braselton standing along a fence

Dr. James Braselton

Dr. James Braselton, Professor Emeritus in Environmental & Plant Biology, was recognized for accomplishments in the field of Plasmodiophorids with the naming of a new species of plant parasite, Maullinia braseltonii sp. nov.

“The species epithet refers to James P. Braselton, a well renowned researcher in the field of phytomyxid morphology and taxonomy to whom we intend to dedicate the species,” say authors of the journal article Maullinia braseltonii sp. nov. (Rhizaria, Phytomyxea, Phagomyxida): A Cyst-forming Parasite of the Bull Kelp Durvillaea spp. (Stramenopila, Phaeophyceae, Fucales) in Protist.

Abstract: Phytomyxea are obligate endoparasites of angiosperm plants and Stramenopiles characterised by a complex life cycle. Here Maullinia braseltonii sp. nov., an obligate parasite infecting the bull kelp Durvillaea (Phaeophyceae, Fucales) from the South-Eastern Pacific (Central Chile and Chiloe Island) and South-Western Atlantic (Falkland Islands, UK) is described. M. braseltonii causes distinct hypertrophies (galls) on the host thalli making it easily identifiable in the field. Sequence comparisons based on the partial 18S and the partial 18S-5.8S-28S regions confirmed its placement within the order Phagomyxida (Phytomyxea, Rhizaria), as a sister species of the marine parasite Maullinia ectocarpii, which is also a parasite of brown algae. The development of resting spores in M. braseltonii is described by light and electron microscopy and confirmed by FISH experiments, which visually showed the differential expression of the 28S non-coding gene, strongly in early plasmodia and weakly in late cysts. M. braseltonii is, so far, the only phytomyxean parasite of brown algae for which the formation of resting spores has been reported, and which is widely distributed in Durvillaea stocks from the Southeastern Pacific and Southwestern Atlantic.

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  1. Well done Dr Braselton! You were a professor of mine from 77 to 81 !

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