Systematics, Diversity and Ecology of the Genus Yarrowia and the Methanol-Assimilating Yeasts

  • Gábor PéterEmail author
  • Edina Szandra Nagy
  • Dénes Dlauchy


Yeasts have been exploited by humankind for millennia. Currently, numerous yeast species beyond Saccharomyces cerevisiae are utilised by the bioindustry, the so-called non-conventional yeasts. Among the non-conventional yeasts, Yarrowia lipolytica and some methanol-utilising yeast species occupy an important position. During the past one and half decade, Yarrowia has expanded from a monotypic genus including only Y. lipolytica to a genus containing 14 species. Similarly, the number of known methanol-utilising yeasts has increased dynamically. Currently, their number exceeds 90, and the majority of them are assigned to the genera Komagataella, Kuraishia, Ogataea, and some of them yet to Candida. Methanol-assimilating Candida species are related to the genus Ogataea.

The most important changes in the systematics of these important yeasts are summarised, and some aspects of their ecology and diversity are discussed as well. Diversity of these yeasts in a few habitats, including a newly recognised one, is briefly introduced. Selective enrichment-based isolation methods for recovering strains of these two exciting yeast groups are discussed as well.


Biodiversity Ecology Methylotrophic yeasts Pichia pastoris Komagataella Kuraishia Ogataea Phylloplane Systematics Yarrowia lipolytica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gábor Péter
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edina Szandra Nagy
    • 2
  • Dénes Dlauchy
    • 1
  1. 1.National Collection of Agricultural and Industrial Microorganisms, Faculty of Food ScienceSzent István UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of Brewing and Distilling, Faculty of Food ScienceSzent István UniversityBudapestHungary

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