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Scheffersomyces queiroziae. Image by David Krause.
Scheffersomyces queiroziae. Image by David Krause.

Scheffersomyces queiroziae (formerly Candida queiroziae) has been sequenced due to its ability to ferment D-xylose and the desire to better understand this trait as it pertains to biofuel production. This species was originally isolated from rotting wood and wood-boring insects in the Brazilian Rain Forest (1). Its initial characterization found that it could ferment cellobiose, a glucose disaccharide (1). Further study found that this yeast species could be isolated from similar environments on media containing xylose or xylan and confirmed its ability to ferment D-xylose (2).

References
1. Santos RO, et al. (2011) Candida queiroziae sp. nov., a cellobiose-fermenting yeast species isolated from rotting wood in Atlantic Rain Forest. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 99(3):635-642
2. Morais CG, et al. (2013). D-xylose-fermenting and xylanase-producing yeast species from rotting wood of two Atlantic Rainforest habitats in Brazil. Fungal Genet. Biol. (60):19-28