Hypersaline waters in salterns - Natural ecological niches for halophilic black yeasts

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Hypersaline waters in salterns have so far been considered to be populated only with halophilic algae and bacteria and completely lacking halophilic fungi. In this paper we present population dynamics of polymorphic black yeasts, isolated from hypersaline waters (3-30% NaCl) of a saltern, in relation to different physicochemical parameters. Hortaea werneckii, Phaeotheca triangularis, Trimmatostroma salinum, Aureobasidium pullulans and Cladosporium spp. were detected with the highest frequency just before the peak of halite (NaCl) concentration. Since H. werneckii, P. triangularis and T. salinum are not known outside saline environments, these results suggest that hypersaline water is their natural ecological niche. Copyright (C) 2000 Federation of European Microbiological Societies.

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Gunde-Cimerman, N., Zalar, P., De Hoog, S., & Plemenitaš, A. (2000). Hypersaline waters in salterns - Natural ecological niches for halophilic black yeasts. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 32(3), 235–240. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0168-6496(00)00032-5

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