Bullera vrieseae sp. nov., a tremellaceous yeast species isolated from bromeliads

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2015 Aug;65(8):2466-2471. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.000285. Epub 2015 Apr 24.


Two independent surveys of yeasts associated with different bromeliads in different Brazilian regions led to the proposal of a novel yeast species, Bullera vrieseae sp. nov., belonging to the Tremellales clade (Agaricomycotina, Basidiomycota). Analysis of the sequences in the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and D1/D2 domain of the LSU rRNA gene suggested affinity to a phylogenetic lineage that includes Bullera miyagiana and Bullera sakaeratica. Six isolates of the novel species were obtained from different bromeliads and regions in Brazil. Sequence analysis of the D1/D2 domains of the large subunit of the rRNA gene showed that the novel species differs from B. miyagiana and B. sakaeratica by 85 and 64 nt substitutions, respectively and by more than 75 nt substitutions in the ITS region. Phenotypically, Bullera vrieseae sp. nov. can be distinguished from both species based on the assimilation of meso-erythritol, which was negative for B. vrieseae sp. nov. but positive for the others, assimilation of d-glucosamine, which was positive for B. vrieseae sp. nov. but negative for B. miyagiana and of l-sorbose, which was negative for B. vrieseae sp. nov. but positive for B. sakaeratica. The novel species Bullera vrieseae sp. nov. is proposed to accommodate these isolates. The type strain of Bullera vrieseae sp. nov. is UFMG-CM-Y379T (BRO443T; ex-type CBS 13870T).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Basidiomycota / classification*
  • Basidiomycota / genetics
  • Basidiomycota / isolation & purification
  • Brazil
  • Bromeliaceae / microbiology*
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mycological Typing Techniques
  • Phylogeny*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA, Ribosomal Spacer