Candida (fungus)

Different Candida species

Candida is a yeast species ( the most important species of this genus Candida albicans) which fungal infections ( candidiasis ) can cause in humans and animals. The infections are treated with antifungal agents. Some Candida species are symbionts as a normal part of the intestinal flora of vertebrates and insects.

Candida cells grown in the laboratory and large, round, white or cream ( albicans means " whitish " ) colony on agar plates.

Another Candida species is Candida dubliniensis that causes opportunistic infections in HIV -positive patients in some cases.

The genus Candida includes about 150 species.

Harmless Candida

  • Candida robusta Diddens & Lodder - baker's yeast ( Saccharomyces cerevisiae syn. Hansen, 1883)

Several species are potential pathogens ( pathogen Candida ):

  • Candida albicans ( C.P.Robin ) Berkhout
  • Candida stellatoidea
  • Candida dubliniensis Sullivan et al.
  • Candida famata
  • Candida glabrata ( H.W.Anderson ) S.A.Mey. & Yarrow
  • Candida guilliermondii
  • Candida krusei ( Castell. ) Berkhout
  • Candida lusitaniae Uden & Carmo Souza
  • Candida parapsilosis ( Ashford ) Langeron & Talice
  • Candida tropicalis ( Castell. ) Berkhout

One type is used as a fungicide against fruit rot:

  • Candida oleophila