Journal of
Yeast and Fungal Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Yeast Fungal Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2413
  • DOI: 10.5897/JYFR
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 122

Full Length Research Paper

Isolation and characterization of yeast strains from local food crops

Abosede Margaret Ebabhi1*, Adedotun Adeyinka Adekunle2, Wahab Oluwanisola Okunowo3 and Akinniyi Adediran Osuntoki3
1Department of Biological Sciences, McPherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ogun State, Nigeria. 2Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. 3Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 02 May 2013
  •  Published: 30 June 2013

Abstract

Isolation and identification of yeast from Manihot esculentaZea maysCola acuminata andSorghum bicolor was done using the spread plate technique. Morphological, cultural, physiological and molecular characterizations were carried out resulting in determination of the species. Four isolates belonging to different genera which include Pichia, Kluyveromyces, Candida and Saccharomyces were identified. This present study showed that the yeast isolates have the potential to ferment both hexose and pentose sugars.

 

Key words: Food crops, yeast, isolation, identification, fermentation