Fungalpedia – Note 54 Babjeviella


Babjeviella Kurtzman & M. Suzuki

Citation if using this entry: Fallahi et al. (2023) New genera in 2010-2011. Mycosphere (in prep)

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The monotypic genus Babjeviella is an ascomycetous yeast in Debaryomycetaceae. It was described as Pichia inositovora by Golubev et al. (1981) and was revised as Babjeviella inositovora based on the phylogenetic analysis of D1/D2 divergent domains of the large subunit (LSU) and the nearly complete small subunit (SSU) rDNA genes by Kurtzman & Suzuki (2010),. The type species of the genus, Babjeviella inositovora, was isolated from high moor peat in the Moscow region of Russia (Golubev et al. 1981). It produces unconjugated asci with one to four hat-shaped ascospores that are released by ascus evanescence. Some bulb-like structures occasionally form on the brims of ascospores. The species’ homo- or heterothallic status has not been confirmed. Colonies are butyrous with a glistening surface. Budding cells are short ellipsoids to elongate, with multilateral budding on a narrow base. Babjeviella inositovora can use inositol as the only source of carbon and forms coenzyme Q-9 (Kurtzman and Suzuki. 2010).

Type species: Babjeviella inositovora (Golubev & Blagod.) Kurtzman & M. Suzuki





Fig 1- Ascosporogenous culture of Babjeviella inositovora on YM after 3 weeks, 15 °C (redrawn from Kurtzman. 2011). Scale bar= 5 µm.



Golubev WI, Blagodatskaya VM, Suetin SO, Trotsenko RS. 1981- Pichia inositovora and Candida paludigena, two new species of yeasts isolated from peat. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary. Microbiology 31, 91-96.

Kurtzman CP, Suzuki M. 2010- Phylogenetic analysis of ascomycete yeasts that form coenzyme Q-9 and the proposal of the new genera Babjeviella, Meyerozyma, Millerozyma, Priceomyces, and Scheffersomyces. Mycoscience 51, 2-14.

Kurtzman CP. 2011- Babjeviella Kurtzman & M. Suzuki (2010). In The Yeasts, Elsevier pp. 329-331.


Entry by

Maryam Fallahi, Center of Excellence in Fungal Research, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand.


(Edited by Kevin D Hyde and Ruvishika S. Jayawardena)