Candida pruni sp. nov. is a new yeast species with antagonistic potential against brown rot of peaches

Arch Microbiol. 2014 Jul;196(7):525-30. doi: 10.1007/s00203-014-0999-6. Epub 2014 Jun 8.


Brown rot caused by Monilinia spp. is among the most important postharvest diseases of commercially grown stone fruits, and application of antagonistic yeasts to control brown rot is one promising strategy alternative to chemical fungicides. In this research, new yeast strains were isolated and tested for their activity against peach brown rot caused by Monilinia fructicola. Three yeast strains were originally isolated from the surface of plums (cv Chinese Angelino) collected in the north of China. In artificially wounded inoculation tests, the yeast reduced the brown rot incidence to 20 %. The population of the yeast within inoculated wounds on peaches significantly increased at 25 °C from an initial level of 5.0×10(6) to 4.45×10(7) CFU per wound after 1 day. The antagonistic strains were belonging to a new species of the genus Candida by sequence comparisons of 26 S rDNA D1/D2 domain and internal transcribed spacer region. The strains are most closely related to C. asparagi, C. musae and C. fructus on the basis of the phylogenetic trees based on the D1/D2 region of 26S rDNA. However, the strains are notably different from C. asparagi, C. musae and C. fructus, in morphological and physiological characteristics. Therefore, the name Candida pruni is proposed for the novel species, with sp-Quan (=CBS12814T=KCTC 27526T=GCMC 6582T) as the type strain. Our study showed that Candida pruni is a novel yeast species with potential biocontrol against brown rot caused by M. fructicola on peaches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibiosis*
  • Ascomycota / physiology*
  • Candida / classification*
  • Candida / genetics
  • Candida / isolation & purification
  • Candida / physiology*
  • China
  • DNA, Ribosomal / chemistry
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Pest Control, Biological*
  • Phylogeny
  • Prunus / microbiology*
  • RNA, Ribosomal / genetics


  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, ribosomal, 26S