Cold-adapted Yeasts

Biodiversity, Adaptation Strategies and Biotechnological Significance

  • Pietro Buzzini
  • Rosa Margesin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

  3. Diversity and Ecology of Cold-Adapted Yeasts in Worldwide Cold Habitats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Polona Zalar, Nina Gunde-Cimerman
      Pages 49-74
    3. Laurie B. Connell, Russell R. Rodriguez, Regina S. Redman, Joseph J. Dalluge
      Pages 75-98
    4. Benedetta Turchetti, Marta Goretti, Pietro Buzzini, Rosa Margesin
      Pages 99-122
    5. Virginia de Garcia, Diego Libkind, Martín Moliné, Carlos A. Rosa, Maria Rosa Giraudo
      Pages 123-148
    6. Yuriko Nagano, Takahiko Nagahama, Fumiyoshi Abe
      Pages 149-171
    7. Laura Selbmann, G. Sybren de Hoog, Laura Zucconi, Daniela Isola, Silvano Onofri
      Pages 173-189
  4. Adaptation Strategies of Cold-Adapted Yeasts to Low Temperatures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Martín Moliné, Diego Libkind, Virginia de Garcia, María Rosa Giraudo
      Pages 193-224
    3. Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Ana Plemenitaš, Pietro Buzzini
      Pages 225-242
    4. Hak Jun Kim, Jun Hyuck Lee, Hackwon Do, Woongsic Jung
      Pages 259-280
    5. Nicolai S. Panikov
      Pages 295-323
    6. Charles Gerday
      Pages 325-350
  5. Biotechnological Significance of Cold-Adapted Yeasts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Mirosława Szczęsna-Antczak, Janina Kamińska, Tomasz Florczak, Marianna Turkiewicz
      Pages 353-375
    3. Aneta Białkowska, Marianna Turkiewicz
      Pages 377-395
    4. Maria Kanellaki, Argyro Bekatorou, Athanasios A. Koutinas
      Pages 417-439
    5. Marcela P. Sangorrín, Chistian Ariel Lopes, Silvana Vero, Michael Wisniewski
      Pages 441-464
    6. Rosli Md. Illias, Aizi Nor Mazila Ramli, Kheng Oon Low, Nor Muhammad Mahadi, Abdul Munir Abdul Murad, Amir Rabu
      Pages 481-496
    7. Anna Maráz, Mónika Kovács
      Pages 497-532
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 533-549

About this book


Yeasts are a versatile group of eukaryotic microorganisms, exhibiting heterogeneous nutritional profiles and an extraordinary ability to survive in a wide range of natural and man-associated ecosystems, including cold habitats. Cold-adapted yeasts inhabit numerous low-temperature environments where they are subjected to seasonal or permanent cold conditions. Hence, they have evolved a number of adaptation strategies with regard to growth and reproduction, metabolic activities, survival and protection. Due to their distinctive ability to thrive successfully at low and even subzero temperatures, cold-adapted yeasts are increasingly attracting attention in basic science and industry for their enormous biotechnological potential.

This book presents our current understanding of the diversity and ecology of cold-adapted yeasts in worldwide cold ecosystems, their adaptation strategies, and their biotechnological significance. Special emphasis is placed on the exploitation of cold-adapted yeasts as a source of cold-active enzymes and biopolymers, as well as their benefits for food microbiology, bioremediation and biocontrol. Further, aspects of food biodeterioration are considered.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pietro Buzzini
    • 1
  • Rosa Margesin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food SciencesUniversity of Perugia, Industrial Yeasts Collection DBVPGPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.University of InnsbruckInstitute of MicrobiologyInnsbruckAustria

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