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Yeasts - What Reactions and Interactions Really Occur in Natural Habitats

Graham H. Fleet

Department of food Science and Technology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

Article history:

Received September 15, 1997
Accepted November 11, 1998

Key words:

yeast, isolation, properties, interactions

Summary:

Yeasts are important players in many ecosystems and make a significant contribution to the biodiversity of nature. This biodiversity has given species that have significant practical and commercial importance. Traditional concerns have focused on their roles as spoilage organisms, agents of desirable fermentations and on their medical significance. Recent interests include their potential use as biocontrol agents and probiotic species, and more intensive screening for biocatalytic activities that may have commercial benefit.

  


*Corresponding author:           g.fleet@unsw.edu.au
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