Cryptococcus vishniacii

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Cryptococcus vishniacci
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Tremellomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Genus: Cryptococcus
Species: C. vishniacci
Binomial name
Cryptococcus vishniacci

Cryptococcus vishniacci is a fungus species. It consists of 98 un-described imperfect yeast isolated from soil samples in the Antarctica. While all of the isolated samples where greater than 90% similar to each other they were also less than 90% similar to other yeast species. This species grows at 4 degrees Celsius and below but not at 26 degrees Celsius and above. Visually it is characterized as a cream colored mass, lacking psedomycelia. It is nonfermentative and uses glucose, maltose, melezitose, trehalose, and xylose. [1]


  1. ^ Vishniac and Hempfling. (1979) Cryptooccus vishniacii sp. nov., an Antarctic Yeast. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 29(2):153-158

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