A Novel Report on Killer Yeast Strains Identification Methods


  • Najwa M.J.A. Abu-Mejdad Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Basrah, Basrah
  • Adnan I. Al-Badran Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Basrah, Basrah
  • Abdullah H. Al-Saadoon Department of Pathological Analyses, College of Science, University of Basrah




Diazonium blue B, VITEK, PCR, Killer yeasts, Diagnosis


This study was conducted to isolate and identify killer yeasts from soil samples that collected from different locations in Basrah and Dhi-Qar provinces. Seventy-five soil samples were collected from different areas, including sandy, arable, surface sediment and uncultivated soil, using dilution methods to cultivate a serial dilution of each soil sample. The results showed that a 112 isolates were identified biochemically using VITEK system and molecularly using internal transcribed spacer (ITS1- 5.8S-ITS2) marker. The molecular identification provided fast and precise identification results for the 112 isolates, whereas the VITEK test resulted low identification efficiency (8.2% were accurate and 91.8 % were not). The Diazonium blue B salts produced a good colour reaction in distinguishing between ascomycetes and basidiomycetes. The PCR was more accurate in identification of killer yeasts compared to the VITEK system.


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How to Cite

Abu-Mejdad , N. M., Al-Badran, A. I., & Al-Saadoon, A. H. (2020). A Novel Report on Killer Yeast Strains Identification Methods. Basrah J. Agric. Sci., 33(1), 39-49. https://doi.org/10.37077/25200860.2020.32.1.04




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