Polysaccharides and phenolic compounds as substrate for yeasts isolated from rotten wood and description of Cryptococcus fagi sp.nov

Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2006 Jul;90(1):57-67. doi: 10.1007/s10482-006-9060-3. Epub 2006 May 2.


Pieces of rotten wood collected in the forest were screened for the presence of yeasts. In spring time 3 tree species were sampled, followed by 9 species in summer. Yeast strains were identified by traditional methods. Identifications were confirmed by sequencing of ribosomal DNA in case of doubt. In total 14 yeast species of ascomycetous affiliation and 6 anamorphic basidiomycetous yeasts were isolated and identified. Most species were represented by only one strain, but Candida bertae by two and Trichosporon porosum by six strains, all from different wood samples. Three strains represented novel species, one of which is described as Cryptococcus fagi Middelhoven et Scorzetti. The type strain is CBS 9964 (JCM 13614). All strains were tested for growth on several polysaccharides as sole carbon source. Only some of these polymers supported growth of ascomycetous yeasts. Basidiomycetous yeasts assimilated soluble starch, pullulan, dextran, xylan, polygalacturonate, galactomannan and tannic acid or at least some of these. Cryptococcus podzolicus and T. porosum were the most active in this respect. None of the isolated strains grew on carboxymethyl cellulose, colloidal chitin, arabinogalactan and gum xanthan. Phenolic compounds were assimilated by several strains, belonging to the Trichosporonales and the Microbotryum and Stephanoascus/Blastobotrys clades, but not by members of the Tremellales (Cryptococcus musci excepted) and the Debaryomyces/Lodderomyces clade. Most of the ascomycetes assimilated n-hexadecane.

MeSH terms

  • Alkanes / metabolism
  • Ascomycota / isolation & purification
  • Ascomycota / metabolism
  • Basidiomycota / isolation & purification
  • Basidiomycota / metabolism
  • Cryptococcus / classification*
  • Cryptococcus / isolation & purification
  • Cryptococcus / metabolism*
  • DNA, Fungal / analysis
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phenols / metabolism*
  • Phylogeny
  • Polysaccharides / metabolism*
  • Trees / metabolism
  • Trees / microbiology*
  • Wood
  • Yeasts / isolation & purification
  • Yeasts / metabolism*


  • Alkanes
  • DNA, Fungal
  • Phenols
  • Polysaccharides
  • n-hexadecane

Associated data

  • GENBANK/DQ054534
  • GENBANK/DQ054535