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Kodamaea transpacifica f.a., sp. nov., a yeast species isolated from ephemeral flowers and insects in the Galapagos Islands and Malaysia: further evidence for ancient human transpacific contacts.

Authors
  • Freitas, Larissa F D
  • Carvajal Barriga, Enrique Javier
  • Barahona, Patricia Portero
  • Lachance, Marc-André
  • Rosa, Carlos A
Type
Published Article
Journal
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC AND EVOLUTIONARY MICROBIOLOGY
Publisher
Microbiology Society
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2013
Volume
63
Issue
Pt 11
Pages
4324–4329
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.052282-0
PMID: 24014626
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Twenty-four yeast strains were isolated from ephemeral flowers of Ipomoea spp. and Datura sp. and their associated insects in the Galápagos Archipelago, Ecuador, and from Ipomoea spp. and associated insects in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Sequences of the D1/D2 domains of the large subunit rRNA gene indicated that these strains belong to a novel yeast species of the Kodamaea clade, although the formation of ascospores was not observed. The closest relative is Candida restingae. The human-mediated dispersion of this species by transpacific contacts in ancient times is suggested. The name Kodamaea transpacifica f.a., sp. nov. is proposed to accommodate these isolates. The type strain is CLQCA-24i-070(T) ( = CBS 12823(T) = NCYC 3852(T)); MycoBank number MB 803609.

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