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Abstract

A novel yeast species was recovered from the fungus garden of the leaf-cutting ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The growth of the novel yeast species is limited by its ability to metabolize only a few carbon and nitrogenous compounds. A remarkable characteristic of this strain is the vigorous growth in 1 % acetic acid. Sequence analysis of the D1/D2 domains of the LSU rRNA gene showed that the novel species belongs to the clade and is phenotypically and genetically divergent from currently recognized species in this clade. Described here as f.a., sp. nov., it differs by 37 nucleotide substitutions in the D1/D2 region from CBS 11864, the most closely related species. The type strain of sp. nov. is TO 125 ( = CBMAI 1594 = CBS 13086).

Funding
This study was supported by the:
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnológico (Award 142731/2010-2)
  • Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (Award 2007/50.139-4)
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