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Abstract

Seven yeast strains were isolated from the body surface and galleries of , the ambrosia beetle that attacks black oak trees. Based on rDNA sequence comparisons and other taxonomic characteristics, five of the strains were identified as members of the species , and , which have been reported previously as being associated with insects. The remaining two yeast strains were proposed as representatives of two novel species, sp. nov. (type strain ATCC 62898=CBS 11547) and sp. nov. (type strain ATCC 62899=CBS 11546). sp. nov. is a close sister taxon to and assimilates methanol as a sole carbon source but lacks ascospores. On the other hand, sp. nov. is phylogenetically distinct from any other ambrosia yeast reported so far. The species was placed near and based on DNA sequence analyses, but neither of these were close sister taxa to sp. nov.

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