Isolation of two molecular types of Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii from insect frass

Med Mycol. 2003 Apr;41(2):171-6. doi: 10.1080/mmy.


Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii has regularly been the cause of serious human disease. However, the environmental sources of these infections often remain unclear. During an environmental sampling study, two different strains of C. neoformans var. gattii were isolated from fresh insect frass (order Lepidoptera; family Oecophoridae) in a shallow cavity in the bark of a living Eucalyptus tereticornis tree, one molecular type VGI and the other VGII. This is the first published report of the isolation of two different molecular types of C. neoformans var. gattii from a single source, and the third of isolation of molecular type VGII from an environmental source. The potential association with insect frass is consistent with categorising C. neoformans var. gattii within the Tremellales, containing mycoparasitic fungi.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Australia
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / classification*
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / genetics
  • Cryptococcus neoformans / isolation & purification*
  • DNA Fingerprinting / methods
  • DNA, Fungal / analysis
  • Ecosystem
  • Eucalyptus
  • Feces / microbiology*
  • Lepidoptera / physiology*
  • Mycological Typing Techniques
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction


  • DNA, Fungal