, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 707–721 | Cite as

Description of Taphrina antarctica f.a. sp. nov., a new anamorphic ascomycetous yeast species associated with Antarctic endolithic microbial communities and transfer of four Lalaria species in the genus Taphrina

  • Laura Selbmann
  • Benedetta Turchetti
  • Andrey Yurkov
  • Clarissa Cecchini
  • Laura Zucconi
  • Daniela Isola
  • Pietro Buzzini
  • Silvano Onofri
Original Paper


In the framework of a large-scale rock sampling in Continental Antarctica, a number of yeasts have been isolated. Two strains that are unable to grow above 20 °C and that have low ITS sequence similarities with available data in the public domain were found. The D1/D2 LSU molecular phylogeny placed them in an isolated position in the genus Taphrina, supporting their affiliation to a not yet described species. Because the new species is able to grow in its anamorphic state only, the species Taphrina antarctica f.a. (forma asexualis) sp. nov. has been proposed to accommodate both strains (type strain DBVPG 5268T, DSM 27485T and CBS 13532T). Lalaria and Taphrina species are dimorphic ascomycetes, where the anamorphic yeast represents the saprotrophic state and the teleomorph is the parasitic counterpart on plants. This is the first record for this genus in Antarctica; since plants are absent on the continent, we hypothesize that the fungus may have focused on the saprotrophic part of its life cycle to overcome the absence of its natural host and adapt environmental constrains. Following the new International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants (Melbourne Code 2011) the reorganization of TaphrinaLalaria species in the teleomorphic genus Taphrina is proposed. We emend the diagnosis of the genus Taphrina to accommodate asexual saprobic states of these fungi. Taphrina antarctica was registered in MycoBank under MB 808028.


Antarctica Dimorphic ascomycetous yeasts Extreme environments Phylogeny Taphrina 



This work is in the framework of the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research. The Italian National Antarctic Museum “Felice Ippolito” is kindly acknowledged for funding CCFEE (Culture Collection of Fungi From Extreme Environments). Derek Persoh (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany) is acknowledged for his advice on endophytes. Prof. Laurie Connell is kindly acknowledged for the English revision.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Selbmann
    • 1
  • Benedetta Turchetti
    • 2
  • Andrey Yurkov
    • 3
  • Clarissa Cecchini
    • 1
  • Laura Zucconi
    • 1
  • Daniela Isola
    • 1
  • Pietro Buzzini
    • 2
  • Silvano Onofri
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche (DEB)Università degli Studi della TusciaViterboItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari ed Ambientali and Industrial Yeasts Collection DBVPGUniversità di PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  3. 3.Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell CulturesBrunswickGermany

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