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The database is hosted by Kiel University
and is established by Magda Wieckowska-
Lüth, Wiebke Kirleis and Kay Schmütz,
Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology.

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UG-1079Type: UG-1079

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Urocystis sp.

First publication: Gelorini, V., Verbeken, A., van Geel, B., Cocqyt, C. and Vershuren, D. (2011) Modern non-pollen palynomorphs from East African lake sediments. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 164, 143–173

Other publication/s:
Vánky, K. (1994) European Smut Fungi. Gustav Fischer Verlag. Stuttgart, Jena, New York
van Geel, B., Gelorini, V., Lyaruu, A., Aptroot, A., Rucina, S., Marchant, R., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. and Verschuren, D. (2011) Diversity and ecology of tropical African fungal spores from a 25,000-year palaeoenvironmental record in southeastern Kenya. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 164, 174–190

Description: Spore balls globose, composed of one yellowish brown spore, 11–14 μm in diameter, surrounded by small subhyaline cells, 3 μm in diameter, attached to the dark central cell; Spore balls often preserved as clusters of two or more specimens.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Urocystis is widespread, mostly found in leaves and stems, and less often in flowers, seeds and roots of different host plants within the families Cyperaceae, Brassicaceae, Poaceae, Ranunculaceae, etc. (Vánky, 1994; van Geel et al., 2011).

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information