First isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii from a native jungle tree in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

Mycoses. 2001;44(5):137-40. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0507.2001.00651.x.


Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii was isolated for the first time from decaying wood in a hollow of a native jungle tree Guettarda acreana, in a wild area of an Amazon rainforest island, in Brazil. The presence of this variety in a virgin environment without either anthropic action or introduced vegetation is discussed with regard to the common knowledge of Cr. neoformans ecology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / classification
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / isolation & purification*
  • Ecosystem*
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Trees / microbiology*