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Front Cell Infect Microbiol DOI:10.3389/fcimb.2019.00384

Recovered From Olive Trees () in Turkey Reveal Allopatry With African and South American Lineages.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsErgin, Ç, Şengül, M, Aksoy, L, Döğen, A, Sun, S, Averette, AF, Cuomo, CA, Seyedmousavi, S, Heitman, J, Ilkit, M
JournalFront Cell Infect Microbiol
Date Published2019

species are life-threatening human fungal pathogens that cause cryptococcal meningoencephalitis in both immunocompromised and healthy hosts. The natural environmental niches of include pigeon () guano, soil, and a variety of tree species such as , and spp. Genetic and genomic studies of extensive sample collections have provided insights into the population distribution and composition of different species in geographic regions around the world. However, few such studies examined in Turkey. We sampled 388 (olive) and 132 . trees from seven locations in coastal and inland areas of the Aegean region of Anatolian Turkey in September 2016 to investigate the distribution and genetic diversity present in the natural population. We isolated 84 strains (83 α and 1 ) and 3 strains (all α) from 87 (22.4% of surveyed) . trees; a total of 32 . strains were isolated from 32 (24.2%) of the . trees, all of which were α. A statistically significant difference was observed in the frequency of . isolation between coastal and inland areas (


Alternate JournalFront Cell Infect Microbiol
PubMed ID31788454
PubMed Central IDPMC6856141
Grant ListR01 AI039115 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
R01 AI050113 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
R37 AI039115 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
U19 AI110818 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States