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Volume 24, Number 2—February 2018

Emergomyces africanus in Soil, South Africa

Ilan S. SchwartzComments to Author , Barbra Lerm, J. Claire Hoving, Chris Kenyon, William G. Horsnell, W. Joan Basson, Patricia Otieno-Odhiambo, Nelesh P. Govender, Robert Colebunders, and Alfred Botha
Author affiliations: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (I.S. Schwartz); University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium (I.S. Schwartz, R. Colebunders); Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa (B. Lerm, W.J. Basson, A. Botha); University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa (J.C. Hoving, C. Kenyon, W.G. Horsnell, P. Otieno-Odhiambo, N.P. Govender); Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (C. Kenyon); University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (W.G. Horsnell); CNRS-University of Orleans and Le Studium Institute for Advanced Studies, Orléans, France (W.G. Horsnell); National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa (N.P. Govender)

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Results of molecular-based detection of Emergomyces africanus in 60 soil samples, by province and type of soil habitat, South Africa*

Soil habitat Western Cape Eastern Cape Gauteng KwaZulu-Natal Northern Cape Total
Garden 6/30 0/2 1/4 7/36
Agricultural 3/5 3/5
Compost 3/5 3/5
Disturbed 1/2 0/2 0/1 2/5
Fynbos 1/2 1/2
Veld 1/1 0/1 0/1 1/3
Rotting tree 1/1 1/1
Unknown 1/3 1/3
Total 17/49 0/4 1/4 0/1 0/1 18/60

*Data represent number of samples in which Es. africanus was detected by nested PCR/total number of samples. Soil habitats: garden, soil from private gardens; agricultural, soil used for farming purposes; compost, soil rich in compost; disturbed, nutrient-poor uncultivated soil subjected to anthropogenic activities; fynbos, soil from a natural indigenous vegetation type endemic to the Cape Floristic region; veld, soil from grassland or uncultivated land; rotting tree, decaying woody debris; unknown, soil from unknown origin. –, sample not taken.

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