Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 108, Issue 4, pp 919–931 | Cite as

Xylitol production by yeasts isolated from rotting wood in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, and description of Cyberlindnera galapagoensis f.a., sp. nov.

  • Maria C. Guamán-Burneo
  • Kelly J. Dussán
  • Raquel M. Cadete
  • Monaliza A. M. Cheab
  • Patricia Portero
  • Enrique J. Carvajal-Barriga
  • Sílvio S. da Silva
  • Carlos A. RosaEmail author
Original Paper


This study evaluated d-xylose-assimilating yeasts that are associated with rotting wood from the Galápagos Archipelago, Ecuador, for xylitol production from hemicellulose hydrolysates. A total of 140 yeast strains were isolated. Yeasts related to the clades Yamadazyma, Kazachstania, Kurtzmaniella, Lodderomyces, Metschnikowia and Saturnispora were predominant. In culture assays using sugarcane bagasse hemicellulose hydrolysate, Candida tropicalis CLQCA-24SC-125 showed the highest xylitol production, yield and productivity (27.1 g L−1 xylitol, Y p/s xyl  = 0.67 g g−1, Qp = 0.38 g L−1. A new species of Cyberlindnera, strain CLQCA-24SC-025, was responsible for the second highest xylitol production (24 g L−1, Y p/s xyl  = 0.64 g g−1, Qp = 0.33 g L−1 h−1) on sugarcane hydrolysate. The new xylitol-producing species Cyberlindnera galapagoensis f.a., sp. nov., is proposed to accommodate the strain CLQCA-24SC-025T (=UFMG-CM-Y517T; CBS 13997T). The MycoBank number is MB 812171.


Yeasts Xylitol Galápagos archipelago d-xylose conversion Sugarcane bagasse hemicellulose hydrolysate Cyberlindneragalapagoensis sp. nov. 



This work was funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnológico (CNPq – Brazil, awarded to CAR), Fundação do Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG, awarded to CAR), Fundação do Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP, awarded to SSS), the Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP, process number 2084/07, awarded to CAR) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and SENESCYT (awarded to EJCB and CGB). We thank the Ecuadorian government for permission to collect in the Galápagos Archipelago. We thank Prof. Marc-André Lachance for providing the phylogenetic tree of the novel species.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria C. Guamán-Burneo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kelly J. Dussán
    • 3
  • Raquel M. Cadete
    • 1
  • Monaliza A. M. Cheab
    • 1
  • Patricia Portero
    • 2
  • Enrique J. Carvajal-Barriga
    • 2
  • Sílvio S. da Silva
    • 3
  • Carlos A. Rosa
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Microbiologia, Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Centro Neotropical para Investigación de la BiomasaPontificia Universidad Católica del EcuadorQuitoEcuador
  3. 3.Departamento de Biotecnologia, Escola de Engenharia de LorenaUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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