Ten strains of an asexual arthroconidial yeast species were isolated from Bryndza, a traditional Slovak artisanal sheep cheese, which was manufactured from raw milk during a 4-month summer production period at two Slovakian sites (the northern Ružomberok and the central-southern Tisovec areas). Sequence comparison of the D1/D2 domains of the large-subunit rRNA gene revealed that this yeast represents a novel species of the genus , which contains anamorphs of the ascogenous genus , for which the name sp. nov. is proposed (type culture CCY 16-2-1 =NRRL Y-48450 =CBS 11176). The novel species is most closely related to NRRL Y-27641, although yeasts with identical or very similar sequences have been found throughout the world.


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