Six different species of the known teleomorphic food-borne xerophilic genus Eurotium were repeatedly isolated in a mycodiversity study of hypersaline waters. At salinities above 17% NaCl, E. amstelodami was detected most consistently, followed by E. repens and E. herbariorum, while E. rubrum, E. chevalieri and a potentially new species, "Eurotium halotolerans", were detected only occasionally at lower salinities. The qualitative secondary metabolite profiles produced by Eurotium spp. from salterns were not different from those of Eurotium spp. from foods and other habitats. Spatiotemporal frequency of occurrence and in vitro determined adaptive ability of propagules to survive prolonged exposure to hypersaline conditions indicate that E. amstelodami, E. herbariorum, and E. repens contribute to the indigenous fungal community in hypersaline water environments, while E. rubrum, E. chevalieri and "E. halotolerans" are only temporal inhabitants of brine at lower salinities. © 2004 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Butinar, L., Zalar, P., Frisvad, J. C., & Gunde-Cimerman, N. (2005). The genus Eurotium - Members of indigenous fungal community in hypersaline waters of salterns. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 51(2), 155–166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.femsec.2004.08.002