Yeasts in Natural Ecosystems: Ecology

  • Pietro Buzzini
  • Marc-André Lachance
  • Andrey Yurkov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Cletus P. Kurtzman, Teun Boekhout
    Pages 1-37
  3. Gábor Péter, Masako Takashima, Neža Čadež
    Pages 39-71
  4. Andrey Yurkov, María I. Pozo
    Pages 73-100
  5. José Paulo Sampaio, Paula Gonçalves
    Pages 131-153
  6. Moritz Mittelbach, Rachel L. Vannette
    Pages 155-178
  7. Dominik Begerow, Martin Kemler, Anja Feige, Andrey Yurkov
    Pages 179-210
  8. João Inácio, Heide-Marie Daniel
    Pages 211-228
  9. Roland Klassen, Raffael Schaffrath, Pietro Buzzini, Philip F. Ganter
    Pages 229-275
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 277-293

About this book


This book presents an up-to-date review of the ecology of yeast communities in natural ecosystems. It focuses on their biological interactions, including mutualism, parasitism, commensalism and antagonistic interactions, and is closely connected with the volume Yeasts in Natural Ecosystems: Diversity by the same editors.

Yeasts are the smallest eukaryotic organisms successfully growing under a wide range of environmental conditions. They constantly modify the environment through their own metabolic activities. Although yeasts are among the earlier colonizers of nutrient-rich substrates, their role in ecosystem processes is not limited to the consumption and transformation of simple sugars. They also engage in close relationships with animals, plants and other fungi in the environment as mutualists, competitors, parasites and pathogens. This book reviews the diversity of biological interactions and roles of yeasts in ecosystems and summarises recent concepts and tools developed in community ecology. All of the chapters were written by leading international yeast research experts, and will appeal to researchers and advanced students in the field of microbial ecology.


Yeast habitat Yeast communities Yeast distribution Saccharomyces Mutualism Parasitism Commensalism Killer yeasts Yeast ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Pietro Buzzini
    • 1
  • Marc-André Lachance
    • 2
  • Andrey Yurkov
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food SciencesUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  3. 3.German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell CulturesLeibniz Institute DSMZBraunschweigGermany

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