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Mycopathologia

, Volume 158, Issue 1, pp 43–47 | Cite as

The First Isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans from Eucalyptus Trees in South Aegean and Mediterranean Regions of Anatolia in Turkey despite Taurus Mountains alkalinity

  • Çağri Ergin
  • Macit İlkit
  • Süleyha Hilmioğlu
  • İlknur Kaleli
  • A. Gani G¨lbaba
  • Mustafa Demirci
  • Selçuk Kaya
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Abstract

Eucalyptus trees are widespread in subtropical parts of Turkey that have alkaline environments due to the soil structure of Taurus Mountains. In this study, the existence of Cryptococcus neoformans in eucalyptus trees in the South Aegean and Mediterranean Regions of Anatolia, Turkey, was screened between March 1998 and September 2002. Only one strain of Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii (Serotype A) was isolated from 1175 eucalyptus samples including debris and flowers in culture by Guizotia abyssinica agar. The environmental niche of the isolate was Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehn in the Gokova Region, in the western part of the Taurus Mountains. In this study, the existence of Cryptococcus neoformans was shown in the eucalyptus flora of Turkey despite the alkaline soil condition.

alkaline Anatolia Cryptococcus neoformans environmental Eucalyptus camaldulensis Taurus mountains 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Çağri Ergin
    • 1
  • Macit İlkit
    • 2
  • Süleyha Hilmioğlu
    • 3
  • İlknur Kaleli
    • 1
  • A. Gani G¨lbaba
    • 4
  • Mustafa Demirci
    • 5
  • Selçuk Kaya
    • 5
  1. 1.Pamukkale University Medical Faculty Department of MicrobiologyDenizli
  2. 2.Cukurova University Medical Faculty Department of MicrobiologyAdana
  3. 3.Ege University Medical Faculty Department of MicrobiologyIzmir
  4. 4.Institute of East Mediterranean Forestry ResearchTarsus, Mersin
  5. 5.Suleyman Demirel University Medical Faculty Department of MicrobiologyIspartaTurkey

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