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Mycobiology. 2015 Sep;43(3):203-9. doi: 10.5941/MYCO.2015.43.3.203. Epub 2015 Sep 30.

Three New Records of Mortierella Species Isolated from Crop Field Soil in Korea.

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Division of Biological Resource Sciences, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 24341, Korea.
Biological and Genetic Resources Assessment Division, National Institute of Biological Resources, Incheon 22689, Korea.
Division of Food Technology, Biotechnology & Agrochemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 61186, Korea.


Three new fungal species of the genus Mortierella, Mortierella zychae, Mortierella ambigua, and Mortierella indohii, have been reported in Korea. The fungi were encountered during a study on the fungal community of soil samples collected from different locations in Korea. The species were identified based on molecular and morphological analyses. This study presents detailed descriptions of the morphological observations and molecular phylogenetic analysis of these three fungi. All three species were found to be sensitive to triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining. M. zychae demonstrated the highest intensity of mycelial staining, indicating that this species has the highest potential to produce arachidonic acid of the three species. The staining results indicated that the newly recorded species could potentially be useful for arachidonic acid production.


Arachidonic acid; Mortierella ambigua; Mortierella indohii; Mortierella zychae; Triphenyltetrazolium chloride

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