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Cletus P Kurtzman

Research Microbiologist

 Cletus Kurtzman

Phone: (309) 681-6385
Fax: (309) 681-6672
Room 1105B
1815 N University St.
Peoria IL 61604

Research Microbiologist

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 is widely used by 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 and food spoilage species. Dr. Kurtzman is lead editor of the international reference work The Yeasts, a Taxonomic Study, 5th edn., 2011.

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Last Modified: 8/8/2017
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