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Thursday Seminar: Yeast genome diversity and how to tap it

Thursday, January 14, 2016
12:00 AM
1200 Chemistry

graph of yeasts using beverages such as beer, wine, cider
Abstract:
Yeasts are remarkably diverse: genetically, metabolically and ecologically. Despite this wealth of biodiversity, other than the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, most species remain only minimally characterized. Here we use genome sequence analysis to retrace their evolution, especially in several newly discovered wild species that have been domesticated in the fermented beverage industries. We also show how novel yeast lineages can be exploited for basic and applied research.

Host: Jianzhi Zhang

Coffee and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m. 

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