Debaryomyces Hansenii--An Extremophilic Yeast With Biotechnological Potential

Yeast. 2006 Apr 30;23(6):415-37. doi: 10.1002/yea.1374.


We illuminate the ecological, physiological and genetic characteristics of the yeast Debaryomyces hansenii in the view of our belief that this metabolically versatile, non-pathogenic, osmotolerant and oleaginous microorganism represents an attractive target for fundamental and applied biotechnological research. To this end, we give a broad overview of extant biotechnological procedures using D. hansenii, e.g. in the manufacture of various foods, and propose research into the heterologous synthesis of a range of fine chemicals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology / methods*
  • Food Microbiology
  • Saccharomycetales / genetics
  • Saccharomycetales / metabolism
  • Saccharomycetales / physiology*