Influence of the farming system and vine variety on yeast communities associated with grape berries

Int J Food Microbiol. 2011 Jan 31;145(1):132-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2010.11.040. Epub 2010 Dec 9.


Wine production in most countries is based on the use of commercial strains leading to the colonisation of the wineries by these strains with the consequent reduction of autochthonous biodiversity. This implies that wine styles could therefore become standardised. The vineyard could be an important source of native yeasts of oenological interest. For this reason the objective of this study was to compare two agronomic conditions with the aim of preserving yeast biodiversity in the vineyard. A three year sampling plan was designed to evaluate the influence of different agronomic parameters on the biodiversity of fermentative grape yeasts. Thus two vineyards, one organic and one conventional, with three different grape varieties (Shiraz, Grenache and Barbera) were chosen. In total, 27 samples were collected from both vineyards. Of these, 1080 colonies were isolated and a total of 9 species were identified. The strains identified as Saccharomyces cerevisiae were genotyped by microsatellite analysis obtaining nine different electrophoretic patterns. Classical ecology indexes were used to obtain the richness (S), the biodiversity (H') and the dominance (D) of the species studied. The results indicated a clear influence on grape associated yeast diversity of the phytosanitary treatment used in the vineyard. This is the first time that classical ecology indexes have been used to study the ecology of the spontaneous fermentation of grape musts and the species Candida sorbosa and Pichia toletana have been described in vineyards of the Madrid winegrowing region.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / methods*
  • Biodiversity*
  • Candida / classification
  • Candida / genetics
  • Candida / isolation & purification
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • Fermentation
  • Genotype
  • Microsatellite Repeats
  • Organic Agriculture / methods
  • Pichia / classification
  • Pichia / genetics
  • Pichia / isolation & purification
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Technique
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / classification
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / isolation & purification
  • Spain
  • Vitis / classification
  • Vitis / microbiology*
  • Wine / microbiology
  • Yeasts / classification
  • Yeasts / genetics
  • Yeasts / isolation & purification*


  • DNA, Fungal