A description is given of a new yeast genus, , represented by sp. nov., to accomodate nine yeast strains isolated in Japan and one in Alaska, all from exudates of deciduous trees. The type strain of is UCD (FS&T) 67-210 (= ATCC 24202 = CBS 5905). , named in recognition of the contributions of Herman Jan Phaff to yeast taxonomy and ecology, is a carotenoid-producing, fermentative yeast of the , whose properties indicate a basidiomycetous origin. A comparison is made between and other yeast genera to which it might be related.


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