The Zygosaccharomyces is notorious for its remarkable spoilage characteristics. In the present study, the visual and rapid identification of the genus Zygosaccharomyces was performed by a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay using specific primers in Mini Dry Bath within 30 min at 65°C followed by a lateral flow dipstick (LFD) detection. The sensitivity evaluation revealed LAMP-LFD assay with 1.0×101 copies/μL of Zygosaccharomyces DNA as its detection limit, which was the same as the methods of real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) and conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, qPCR or PCR methods not only need to be performed in a specialist analytical laboratory with expensive equipment but also with risk of aerosol pollution. The LAMP-LFD assay had no cross-reactivity against 10 other yeast species and its specificity was 100%. A total of 25 Qiangli loquat Dew samples (17 bottles bulged and eight normal-appearing) were detected within 40 min with 100 and 92.0% accurately and specifically, when compared with the qPCR assay and the microbiology culture method, respectively. Therefore, the simple, fast, sensitive and low-cost LAMP-LFD assay is an effective and useful tool for the on-site identification of the genus Zygosaccharomyces.
Key words: Zygosaccharomyces, on-site detection, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), lateral flow dipstick (LFD).