Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
Print version ISSN 1517-8382
PIMENTA, Raphael S. et al. Yeast communities in two Atlantic rain Forest fragments in Southeast Brazil. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2009, vol.40, n.1, pp. 90-95. ISSN 1517-8382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822009000100015.
We studied the yeast communities associated with fruits, mushrooms, tree exudates, and flies of the genus Drosophila, in two Atlantic Rain Forest fragments in state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. A total of 456 samples were collected from Rio Doce State Park and 142 from Ecological Station of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. From these samples, 608 yeast isolates were obtained, belonging to 71 different species. Among the yeasts isolated from Rio Doce State Park, 17 isolates were recovered from fruits, 12 from mushrooms, 13 from tree exudates, and 299 from Drosophila spp. In the Ecological Station of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 24 isolates were recovered from fruits and 243 from Drosophila spp. Distinct communities of yeast were observed in Drosophila flies, fruits, mushrooms and tree exudates. The highest number of yeast species was recovered from Drosophila flies suggesting that flies are the natural vectors of these microorganisms.
Keywords : Yeast communities; Drosophila; fruits; mushrooms; tree exudates; Atlantic Rain Forests.