Global Molecular Diversity of the Halotolerant Fungus Hortaea werneckii

Alessia Marchetta, Bert Gerrits van den Ende, Abdullah M S Al-Hatmi, Ferry Hagen, Polona Zalar, Montarop Sudhadham, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Clara Urzì, Sybren de Hoog, Filomena De Leo

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A global set of clinical and environmental strains of the halotolerant black yeast-like fungus Hortaea werneckii are analyzed by multilocus sequencing and AFLP, and physiological parameters are determined. Partial translation elongation factor 1-α proves to be suitable for typing because of the presence/absence of introns and also the presence of several SNPs. Local clonal expansion could be established by a combination of molecular methods, while the population from the Mediterranean Sea water also responds differently to combined temperature and salt stress. The species comprises molecular populations, which in part also differ physiologically allowing further diversification, but clinical strains did not deviate significantly from their environmental counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2018


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