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Scheffersomyces cryptocercus NRRL Y-48824T. Scale bar: 25 micrometers. Image by Katharina de Oliveira Barros.
Scheffersomyces cryptocercus NRRL Y-48824T. Scale bar: 25 micrometers. Image by Katharina de Oliveira Barros.

Along with other members of the genus, Scheffersomyces cryptocercus is associated with insects and it is able to ferment D-xylose. It was first isolated from the gut of the wood roach Cryptocercus sp. (Blattodea: Cryptocercidae) collected along the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap near the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, USA. The ability to ferment xylose makes it a potentially useful yeast for biofuel production from lignocellulosic hydrolysates.

References:

Urbina, H., Frank, R., & Blackwell, M. (2013). Scheffersomyces cryptocercus: a new xylose-fermenting yeast associated with the gut of wood roaches and new combinations in the Sugiyamaella yeast clade. Mycologia, 105(3), 650-660.