Kazachstania yasuniensis sp. nov., a novel ascomycetous yeast species found in mainland Ecuador and on the Galápagos

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Seven strains representing a novel yeast species belonging to the genus Kazachstania were found at several collection sites on both mainland Ecuador (Yasuní National Park) and the Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island). Two strains (CLQCA 20-132T and CLQCA 24SC-045) were isolated from rotten wood samples, two further strains (CLQCA 20-280 and CLQCA 20-348) were isolated from soil samples, and three strains (CLQCA 20-198, CLQCA 20-374 and CLQCA 20-431) were isolated from decaying fruits. Sequence analyses of the D1/D2 domains of the large-subunit (LSU) rRNA gene and ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region indicated that the novel species is most closely related to Kazachstania servazzii and Kazachstania unispora. Although the strains could not be distinguished from one another based upon their differing geographical origins, they could be differentiated according to their isolation source (fruit, soil or wood) by ITS sequencing. The species name of Kazachstania yasuniensis sp. nov. is proposed to accommodate these strains, with CLQCA 20-132T (=NCYC 4008T) designated as the type strain.
Cepas microbiológicas, Levadura, Galápagos