The YT MicroPlate™ provides a broad capability for identification and characterization of yeast strains, including both human isolates and environmental species. Yeast are of particular importance in the food industry, both in food production and in food spoilage. They are also important in human health both as normal flora (e.g. in the gastrointestinal tract) and as occasional pathogens. There has been a renewed interest in the use of yeast as “probiotics” to beneficially influence the ecology of the digestive tract and the ecology of plant surfaces.
The unique physiological properties of yeast have made them relatively difficult to test and identify. Yeast tend to thrive in low pH and high sugar environments. Most species have a slower growth rate and metabolism as compared to common bacteria.
The database for the YT Microplate™ is now over 267species. It is by far the largest kit based identification database available.
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