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VOLUME 56 , ISSUE 4 (April 2017) > List of articles


Ewelina Pawlikowska * / Dorota Kręgiel

Keywords : Metschnikowia pulcherrima, fermentation, lipids, biocontrol, pulcherrimin

Citation Information : Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology. Volume 56, Issue 4, Pages 405-415, DOI:

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Published Online: 22-May-2019



Metschnikowia spp. are extensively studied “non-conventional” yeasts. Strains belonging to these genera are considered as non-pathogenic and safe. The unique properties of Metschnikowia spp. allow us to look at these microorganisms as a promising subject for evolutionary genetics, taxonomy, ecology, as well as a natural biocontrol agent in biotechnology. This article provides a synthesis of the systematics, morphology, ecology and physiology of Metschnikowia spp., with special attention to M. pulcherrima. These yeasts are able to produce a number of important metabolites, including organic acids, aroma compounds, oil or pulcherrimic acid. In addition, this review discusses possible applications of these non-conventional yeasts in biotechnology.

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