INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN BIODIVERSIDAD Y BIOTECNOLOGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Mycobiota associated to human cadavers: first record in Argentina
BRAVO BERRUEZO L.E.; TRANCHIDA M.C.; CABELLO M.N.; STENGLEIN S.A.
CANADIAN SOCIETY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE JOURNAL
Taylor & Francis
Año: 2018 vol. 51 p. 39 - 47
Cadavers are an abundant source of organic matter. During theirdecomposition, a variety of organisms ? insects, bacteria, and fungi? can feed on them. Within the ambit of forensic science, fungi havethus far received little attention. Nevertheless, the current studyfound that forensic mycology can be developed as a tool thatprovides useful evidence for case resolution. The fungal biota foundgrowing on the surface of two cadavers with different post-mortemintervals (PMI) was examined and identified. The fungal sampleswere cultured and identified by morphology and moleculargenetics. Fungal species such as Arthrinium arundinis, Aspergillusniger, Aspergillus terreus, Candida guillermondii, Candida lypolitica,Cladosporium cladosporioides, Chrysosporium merdarium, andScopulariopsis brevicaulis were registered. These findings are the firstcontributions to forensic mycology from Argentine research. Incombination with the joint investigations of forensic researchersworldwide, these results should contribute in the discussion of theuse of mycology as a valid forensic tool in which fungi can provideevidence in complex cases.