Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 273–279 | Cite as

Fungal diversity in soils across a gradient of preserved Brazilian Cerrado

  • Ademir Sergio Ferreira de Araujo
  • Walderly Melgaço Bezerra
  • Vilma Maria dos Santos
  • Luis Alfredo Pinheiro Leal Nunes
  • Maria do Carmo Catanho Pereira de Lyra
  • Marcia do Vale Barreto Figueiredo
  • Vania Maria Maciel Melo
Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology


The preserved Cerrado from Northeastern Brazil presents different physicochemical properties and plant diversity, which can influence the fungal communities. Therefore, we evaluated the fungal diversity in preserved sites, at Sete Cidades National Park, across a gradient of vegetation that included Campo graminoide, Cerrado stricto sensu, Cerradao, and Floresta decidual. Of all of the operational taxonomic units (OTUs) obtained, the Floresta decidual presented the highest richness. Ascomycota were the most abundant phylum (45%), followed by Basidiomycota (32%). Basal fungi and other phyla accounted for 23% of the total dataset. Agaricomycetes, Eurotiomycetes, Lecanoromycetes, Basidiobolus, Dothideomycetes, and Taphrinomycetes were the most abundant classes of fungi found across the gradient of Cerrado vegetation. In conclusion, our study suggests that the Brazilian Cerrado from Sete Cidades National Park presents a high fungal diversity and includes sources of new fungal species for biotechnological purposes.


soil microbiology eukaryotic microorganisms fungi 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ademir Sergio Ferreira de Araujo
    • 1
  • Walderly Melgaço Bezerra
    • 4
  • Vilma Maria dos Santos
    • 1
  • Luis Alfredo Pinheiro Leal Nunes
    • 1
  • Maria do Carmo Catanho Pereira de Lyra
    • 2
  • Marcia do Vale Barreto Figueiredo
    • 3
  • Vania Maria Maciel Melo
    • 4
  1. 1.Soil Quality Lab., Agricultural Science CenterFederal University of PiauíTeresinaBrazil
  2. 2.Genome Lab.Agronomic Institute of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Genetic and Molecular Biology Lab., Agricultural Science CenterFederal University of PiauíTeresinaBrazil
  4. 4.Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology Lab.Federal University of CearaFortalezaBrazil

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