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Domain; Phylum; Class; Order; Family [Others may be used. Use NCBI link to find]

Genus Species

Malassezia Globosa

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Hymenomycetes

Order: Tremellales

Family: Filobasidiaceae

Genus: Malassezia

Species: Globosa

NCBI: Taxonomy

Genus species

Description and Significance

Malassezia globosa is a type of yeast whos habitat is within the human body. It is thought to be harmless because it adds to the overall health of a human, but it does have instances of being malicious. It is a circular fungi that with a microscopes help, can be seen in a large population in cells along with its spores.


The genome sequence is pictured by this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/core/lw/2.0/html/tileshop_pmc/tileshop_pmc_inline.html?title=Click%20on%20image%20to%20zoom&p=PMC3&id=395553_emboj00072-0013-a.jpg

Cell Structure, Metabolism and Life Cycle

Interesting features of the microbe's cell structure and metabolism. Does it make interesting or important molecules? What is it's life cycle like?

Ecology and Known Roles in Symbiosis

In what habitat(s) do you find this microbe? What roles (if known) does this microbe play in symbiosis with other organisms? What role or contribution does this microbe contribute to the environment.

Fun Facts

The importance of malassezia is that it is apart of every humans daily life. The average person will have about 10 million of them on heir scalp at a time. This fungi cause common skin rashes, which can be treated quickly. It causes dry scalp which affects many people.


[Sample reference] Bosch TCG, Guillemin K, McFall-Ngai M (2019) Evolutionary "Experiments" in Symbiosis: The Study of Model Animals Provides Insights into the Mechanisms Underlying the Diversity of Host-Microbe Interactions. BioEssays 41:1800256 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malassezia


This page was authored by Sara Joyce Willis as part of the 2020 UM Study USA led by Dr. Erik Hom at the University of Mississippi.