Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 597–611 | Cite as

The diversity and extracellular enzymatic activities of yeasts isolated from water tanks of Vriesea minarum, an endangered bromeliad species in Brazil, and the description of Occultifur brasiliensis f.a., sp. nov.

  • Fátima C. O. Gomes
  • Silvana V. B. Safar
  • Andrea R. Marques
  • Adriana O. Medeiros
  • Ana Raquel O. Santos
  • Cláudia Carvalho
  • Marc-André Lachance
  • José Paulo Sampaio
  • Carlos A. Rosa
Original Paper


The diversity of yeast species collected from the bromeliad tanks of Vriesea minarum, an endangered bromeliad species, and their ability to produce extracellular enzymes were studied. Water samples were collected from 30 tanks of bromeliads living in a rupestrian field site located at Serrada Piedade, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, during both the dry and rainy seasons. Thirty-six species were isolated, representing 22 basidiomycetous and 14 ascomycetous species. Occultifur sp., Cryptococcus podzolicus and Cryptococcus sp. 1 were the prevalent basidiomycetous species. The yeast-like fungus from the order Myriangiales, Candida silvae and Aureobasidium pullulans were the most frequent ascomycetous species. The diversity of the yeast communities obtained between seasons was not significantly different, but the yeast composition per bromeliad was different between seasons. These results suggest that there is significant spatial heterogeneity in the composition of populations of the yeast communities within bromeliad tanks, independent of the season. Among the 352 yeast isolates tested, 282 showed at least one enzymatic activity. Protease activity was the most widely expressed extracellular enzymatic activity, followed by xylanase, amylase, pectinase and cellulase activities. These enzymes may increase the carbon and nitrogen availability for the microbial food web in the bromeliad tank of V. minarum. Sequence analyses revealed the existence of 10 new species, indicating that bromeliad tanks are important sources of new yeasts. The novel species Occultifur brasiliensis, f.a., sp. nov., is proposed to accommodate the most frequently isolated yeast associated with V. minarum. The type strain of O. brasiliensis, f.a., sp. nov. is UFMG-CM-Y375T (= CBS 12687T). The Mycobank number is MB 809816.


Yeast diversity Bromeliad-tank Vriesea minarum Extracellular enzymes Occultifurbrasiliensis f. a., sp. nov. 



This work was funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnológico (CNPq, process 560715/2010-2), Fundação do Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG, awarded to CAR and FCOG), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, awarded to CAR, process CAPES/FCT 326/13), the Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP, process 2084/07), the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (M.A.L.) and by FCT (Portugal) through projects PTDC/BIA-EVF/118618/2010 (JPS) and Pest-OE/BIA/UI0457/2011 (JPS, CC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fátima C. O. Gomes
    • 1
  • Silvana V. B. Safar
    • 2
  • Andrea R. Marques
    • 3
  • Adriana O. Medeiros
    • 4
  • Ana Raquel O. Santos
    • 2
  • Cláudia Carvalho
    • 6
  • Marc-André Lachance
    • 5
  • José Paulo Sampaio
    • 6
  • Carlos A. Rosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de QuímicaCentro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Microbiologia, ICB, C.P. 486Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologias AmbientaisCentro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto de Biologia, Campus Universitário de OndinaUniversidade Federal da BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  5. 5.Department of BiologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  6. 6.Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Centro de Recursos MicrobiológicosUniversidade Nova de LisboaCaparicaPortugal

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