Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the basidiomycete yeast Rhodotorula mucilaginosa. Rhodotorula spp. They may colonize plants, humans, and other mammals. R. mucilaginosa, formerly known as Rhodotorula rubra is a pigmented yeast from the Basidiomycota phylum. Characterized by the salmon-pink to coral-red colour of its colonies, R. mucilaginosa can easily disseminate and cause significant disease and infections called rhodotorulorsis. It is a common saprophytic airborne contaminant of skin, lungs, urine and faeces. It has recently been identified in nosocomial, or hospital-acquired infections, especially with immunocompromised patients. It has also been reported as causing fungemia, endocarditis and meningitis. The genus Rhodotorula includes three main active species: Rhodotorula glutinis, Rhodotorula minuta, and Rhodotorula mucilaginosa. Magnification: x1,200 when.
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