Four novel Talaromyces species isolated from leaf litter from Colombian Amazon rain forests

Neriman Yilmaz, Carlos A. López-Quintero, Aída Marcela Vasco-Palacios, Jens C. Frisvad, Bart Theelen, Teun Boekhout, Robert A. Samson, Jos Houbraken

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    Various Talaromyces strains were isolated during a survey of fungi involved in leaf litter decomposition in tropical lowland forests in the Caquetá and Amacayacu areas of the Colombian Amazon. Four new Talaromyces species are described using a polyphasic approach, which includes phenotypic characters, extrolite profiles and phylogenetic analysis of the internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) barcode, and beta-tubulin (BenA) and calmodulin (CaM) gene regions. Talaromyces amazonensis sp. nov., T. francoae sp. nov. and T. purgamentorum sp. nov. belong to Talaromyces section Talaromyces, and T. columbiensis sp. nov. is located in section Bacillispori. The new species produce several bioactive compounds: T. amazonensis produces the potential anticancer agents duclauxin, berkelic acid and vermicillin, and T. columbiensis produces the effective anticancer agent wortmannin (together with duclauxin). In addition to the new species, T. aculeatus and T. macrosporus were isolated during this study on leaf litter decomposition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1041-1056
    Number of pages16
    JournalMycological Progress
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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