University of Warwick
The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae plays major roles in a broad range of environments and has relevant impacts on several biotechnological applications. It has also recently been shown to have an impact on humans and other animals health. Disclosing the natural niches hosting this yeast and the evolution of S. cerevisiae is fundamental in order to properly control the diffusion of this microorganism and its impact on the environment and on other organisms. Recent findings have highlighted the presence of this yeast in a previously unpredictable range of natural and human-related environments, spanning from the vineyard to human bodies and insect intestines. In addition, the intra-specific diversity of this yeast is increasingly recognized as being responsible for major changes in several functions of S. cerevisiae such as driving fermentations, colonizing human bodies, and attracting insects. New methods have allowed researchers to identify new natural niches for this microorganism, as well as to dissect the impact of its diversity on other microbes, animals’ health and behavior, and biotechnological applications. Thanks to these advancements, we are currently facing an unprecedented improvement in our understanding of yeast diffusion and ecology.
This Method Collection will include novel and improved approaches for the study of both yeast ecology and the impact of yeast diversity on other microorganisms or higher organisms.