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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Cletus P. Kurtzman

Supervisory Microbiologist

Clete Kurtzman

Phone: (309) 681-6385
Fax: (309) 681-6672
Room 2305A
USDA ARS NCAUR
1815 N University St.
Peoria IL 61604

Research Interests

Cletus P. Kurtzman has published extensively on yeast systematics and phylogeny resulting in the description of numerous new species and genera and development of a phylogenetic framework showing relationships among ascomycetous yeasts.  Another product of this work has been development of a gene sequence-based barcoding system for rapid species identification, which has been useful to taxonomists, clinicians, biotechnologists and ecologists.  Other work on yeasts has focused on biotechnological applications including discovery and development of pentose fermenting species for biomass utilization, discovery of species that metabolize mycotoxins and characterization of biocontrol species.


Last Modified: 3/2/2014