Cryptococcus zeae, a new yeast species associated with Zea mays

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A new yeast, Cryptococcus zeae (type strain HB 1207<sup>T</sup>) is described. Six strains were isolated from corn and pests of corn in Austria. Microsatellite-primed polymerase chain reaction (MSP-PCR) fingerprints showed that the strains are members of the same species. Phylogenetical analyses of domains D1/D2 26S rDNA and ITS 1-5,8S-ITS 2 sequences showed C. zeae to have the closest relationship to C. luteolus. The D1/D2 sequences of C. zeae fit with three Korean Cryptococcus sp. strains (AF459690, AF459691, AF459692). The new species is separable from the closest relative C. luteolus using only two physiological tests. © 2006 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.




Molnár, O., & Prillinger, H. (2006). Cryptococcus zeae, a new yeast species associated with Zea mays. Microbiological Research, 161(4), 347–354.

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