Yeast diversity sampling on the San Juan Islands reveals no evidence for the spread of the Vancouver Island Cryptococcus gattii outbreak to this locale

Fraser, J. A., Lim, S. M. C., Diezmann, S., Wenink, E. C., Arndt, C. G., Cox, G. M., Dietrich, F. S. and Heitman, J. (2006) Yeast diversity sampling on the San Juan Islands reveals no evidence for the spread of the Vancouver Island Cryptococcus gattii outbreak to this locale. Fems Yeast Research, 6 4: 620-624.


Author Fraser, J. A.
Lim, S. M. C.
Diezmann, S.
Wenink, E. C.
Arndt, C. G.
Cox, G. M.
Dietrich, F. S.
Heitman, J.
Title Yeast diversity sampling on the San Juan Islands reveals no evidence for the spread of the Vancouver Island Cryptococcus gattii outbreak to this locale
Journal name Fems Yeast Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1567-1356
Publication date 2006-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1567-1364.2006.00075.x
Volume 6
Issue 4
Start page 620
End page 624
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Biological diversity has been estimated for various phyla of life, such as insects and mammals, but in the microbe world is has been difficult to determine species richness and abundance. Here we describe a study of species diversity of fungi with a yeast-like colony morphology from the San Juan Islands, a group of islands that lies southeast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Our sampling revealed that the San Juan archipelago biosphere contains a diverse range of such fungi predominantly belonging to the Basidiomycota, particularly of the order Tremellales. One member of this group, Cryptococcus gattii, is the etiological agent of a current and ongoing outbreak of cryptococcosis on nearby Vancouver Island. Our sampling did not, however, reveal this species. While the lack of recovery of C. gattii does not preclude its presence on the San Juan Islands, our results suggest that the Strait of Juan de Fuca may be serving as a geographical barrier to restrict the dispersal of this primary human fungal pathogen into the United States.
Keyword Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology
Microbiology
Mycology
biodiversity
Pacific Northwest
yeasts
Cryptococcus gattii
British-columbia
Neoformans
Biodiversity
Fungi
Soils
Rdna
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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