Marine yeast isolation and industrial application

Abdelrahman Saleh Zaky, Gregory A Tucker, Zakaria Yehia Daw, Chenyu Du

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Over the last century, terrestrial yeasts have been widely used in various industries, such as baking, brewing, wine, bioethanol and pharmaceutical protein production. However, only little attention has been given to marine yeasts. Recent research showed that marine yeasts have several unique and promising features over the terrestrial yeasts, for example higher osmosis tolerance, higher special chemical productivity and production of industrial enzymes. These indicate that marine yeasts have great potential to be applied in various industries. This review gathers the most recent techniques used for marine yeast isolation as well as the latest applications of marine yeast in bioethanol, pharmaceutical and enzyme production fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-25
Number of pages13
JournalFEMS yeast research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014


  • Aquatic Organisms/isolation & purification
  • Biotechnology
  • Enzymes/biosynthesis
  • Ethanol
  • Fermentation
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Seawater/microbiology
  • Water Microbiology
  • Yeasts/isolation & purification


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