Dr Neriman Yilmaz

Postdoctoral Fellow


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I started my post doc at FABI in April 2018. My research interest is focused on the systematics of the mycotoxigenic genus Fusarium(e.g. Fusarium fujikuroispecies complex (FFSC)).

I have a background in food engineering and food microbiology through my Hons BSc and MSc degrees received from Ege University and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). I moved to the Netherlands in 2010 to start my PhD study at Utrecht University and Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (CBS). My studies focused on the polyphasic taxonomy of Talaromycesbased on molecular, morphological, physiological and chemical characters. We divided Talaromycesinto 7 sections and mongraphed 88 species (Yilmaz et al. 2014). We provided a full DNA sequence database for all accepted species’ ITS and beta-tubulin (BenA), while the latter was proposed as the secondary identification marker for the genus. This paper also included one of the first fungal nomenclatural accepted species lists in the "one fungus = one name" era that incorporated phylogenetic data. Since 2014, more than 50 new Talaromyceshas been described and the paper including the accepted species list got more than 110 citations. 

At the end of 2014, I moved to Canada and started a one-year at Carleton University Chemistry Department. I designed a q-PCR protocol for the detection of Phialocephalascopiformis, a foliar fungal endophyte of white spruce that produces the anti-insect compound rugulosin. 

I then completed another post-doc with Prof Keith A. Seifert at Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (AAFC, Ottawa, Canada; registered at University of Ottawa). I worked on the Alfred P. Sloan foundation project focused on studying the diversity of xerophilic fungi from indoor environments. I identified many of the isolates using morphology and DNA sequence data. Populations were dominated by xerophilic Aspergillusspecies and these were included in several large reviews (Visagie et al. 2017, Sklenár et al. 2017, Tannet et al. 2017).

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Rajeshkumar KC, Yilmaz N, Marathe SD, Seifert KA. (2019) Morphology and multigene phylogeny of Talaromyces amyrossmaniae, a new synnematous species belonging to the section Trachyspermi from India. MycoKeys 45:41-56. 10.3897/mycokeys.45.32549
Nilsson HR, Sklenář F, Stubbe D, Suh SO, Summerbell R, Svantesson S, Unterseher M, Visagie CM, Weiss M, Woudenberg JHC, Wurzbacher C, Van den Wyngaert S, Yilmaz N, Yurkov A, Kõljalg U, Seifert KA, Sampaio JP, Taylor AFS, Adams RI, Baschien C, Bengtsson-Palme J, Cangren P, Coleine C, Daniel HM, Glassman SI, Hirooka Y, Irinyi L, Iršėnaitė R, Martin-Sanchez PM, Meyer W, Oh SY, Abarenkov K. (2018) Taxonomic annotation of public ITS sequences from the built environment - a report from an April 10-11, 2017 worksop (Aberdeen, UK). . MycoKeys 28:65–82. 10.3897/mycokeys.28.20887
Sklenář F, Peterson SW, Samson RA, Gunde-Cimerman N, Déniel F, Coton M, Seifert KA, Yilmaz N, Chen AJ, Houbraken J, Kolařík M, Visagie CM, Zalar P, Jurjević Ž, Hubka V. (2017) Phylogeny of xerophilic aspergilli (subgenus Aspergillus) and taxonomic revision of section Restricti. Studies in Mycology 88:161–236. 10.1016/j.simyco.2017.09.002
Tanney JB, Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Seifert KA. (2017) Aspergillus subgenus Polypaecilum from the built environment. Studies in Mycology 88:237–267. 10.1016/j.simyco.2017.11.001
Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Renaud JB, Sumarah MW, Hubka V, Frisvad JC, Chen AJ, Meijer M. (2017) A survey of xerophilic Aspergillus from indoor environment, including descriptions of two new section Aspergillus species producing eurotium-like sexual states. MycoKeys 19:1–30. 10.3897/mycokeys.19.11161
Chen AJ, Sun BD, Houbraken JC, Frisvad JC, Yilmaz N, Zhou YG, Samson RA. (2016) New Talaromyces species from indoor environments in China. Studies in Mycology 84:119–144. 10.1016/j.simyco.2016.11.003
Yilmaz N, López-Quintero CA, Vasco-Palacois AM, Frisvad JC, Theelen B, Boekhout T, Samson RA, Houbraken J. (2016) Four novel Talaromyces species isolated from leaf litter from Colombian Amazon rain forests. Mycological Progress 15:1041–1056. 10.1007/s11557-016-1227-3
Yilmaz N, Visagie CM, Frisvad JC, Houbraken J, Kacobs K, Samson RA. (2016) Taxonomic re-evaluation of species in Talaromyces section Islandici, using a polyphasic approach. Persoonia 36:37-56. 10.3767/003158516X688270
Yilmaz N, Hagen F, Houbraken J, Meis JF, Samson RA. (2016) Discovery of a sexual cycle in Talaromyces amestolkiae. Mycologia 108:70-79. 10.3852/15-014
Visagie CM, Yilmaz N, Frisvad JC, Houbraken J, Seifert KA, Samson RA, Jacobs K. (2015) Five new Talaromyces species with ampulliform-like phialides and globose rough walled conidia resembling T. verruculosus. Mycoscience 56:486-502. 10.1016/j.myc.2015.02.005