Over the past century, studies of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae have helped to unravel principles of nearly every aspect of eukaryotic cell biologyfrom metabolism and molecular genetics to cell division and differentiation. Thanks to its short generation time, ease of genetic manipulation, and suitability for high-throughput studies, yeast remains the focus of research in a vast number of laboratories worldwide.
Yeast research, which was originally concerned with improving wine-making and brewing processes, has played a major role in the development of a number of modern scientific disciplines. In the 20th century, investigations of yeasts laid the foundations for mitochondrial genetics and cell cycle research. Today, thousands of people are engaged in research on yeasts, studying their physiology, metabolism, genetics, and molecular biology and developing new applications for industry and medicine. The book describes the historical background of this important work.
This new edition of the standard yeast identification and reference manual is the most up-to-date ever published. Over half of the volume is devoted to descriptions of the 678 currently recognised species, presented in a clear, easy to use layout and illustrated with over 1300 high quality photomicrographs. Readily usable keys and tables allow identification of all of the species described and a wealth of reference information broadens the scope of the book beyond identification. The book provides: - 678 species descriptions, with the results of 99 physiological tests displayed at a glance - Over 1300 high quality photomicrographs to accompany the descriptions, including 500 photomicrographs new to this edition - Nine identification keys, based on clearly defined groups of yeasts - Tables for identifying each species - A summary of the characteristics of 93 yeast genera - A list of nearly 4000 published yeast names, with provenances and synonyms - A list of specific epithets, with the genera to which they have belonged - General sections on yeast classification and laboratory methods - An extensive bibliography and a comprehensive glossary
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