The Info List - Saccharomycotina

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is a subdivision (subphylum) of the division (phylum) Ascomycota
in the Kingdom Fungi.[2][3] It compromises most of the ascomycete yeasts. The members of Saccharomycotina
reproduce by budding and they do not produce ascocarps (fruiting bodies).[2][4] The subdivision includes a single class: Saccharomycetes, which again contains a single order: Saccharomycetales.[2][3] Notable members of Saccharomycotina
are the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
and the genus Candida that includes several human pathogens.


1 Etymology 2 History and economic importance 3 Morphology 4 Reproduction

4.1 Asexual reproduction 4.2 Sexual reproduction

5 Distribution and ecology 6 Taxonomy 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Etymology[edit] The name comes from the Greek word σάκχαρον (sákkharon), meaning "sugar" and μύκης (mukēs) meaning "fungus". History and economic importance[edit] Historical records from ancient Egypt and China describe the process of brewing and baking from 10 000 to 8000 years ago, and the production of fermented beverages and foods seems to have paralleled the beginning of agriculture.[5] In the 1850s, Louis Pasteur demonstrated that yeasts are responsible for the fermentation of grape juice to wine.[6][7] Saccharomycotina
include some of the economically most important fungi known. Members include species of industrial and agricultural importance (e.g. brewing, baking, fermentation of food products, production of citric acid, production of recombinant proteins, biofuel production, biological pest control of crops). Other species cause economic losses worldwide (plant pathogens, contaminants of foods and beverages). Yet others are animal and human pathogens.[8][9] Morphology[edit] Saccharomycete yeasts usually grow as single cells. Their cellular morphology is fairly simple, although their growth form is highly adapted. Asci are naked and ascospores can have several forms. No species produce ascocarps (fruiting bodies). Saccharomycete genomes are often smaller than those of filamentous fungi.[2][10][11][4] Some species (e.g. Metschnikowia species) tend to form chains of budding cells that are termed psedohyphae.[2] Yet other species are able to produce true septate hyphae.[4] Such species (e.g. Candida albicans) are termed dimorphic, which means they can propagate both as budding yeasts and as filamentous hyphae. Reproduction[edit] Asexual reproduction[edit] Asexual reproduction
Asexual reproduction
occurs mainly vegetatively by mitosis and budding. Saccharomycotina
is characterized by holoblastic budding,[12] which means all layers of the parent cell wall are involved in the budding event. This leaves a scar through which no further budding occurs. Asexual cells may vary in shape.[13] The shape of the cell may be informative in terms of detecting mode of reproduction or taxonomic placement to genera or species. Although not commonly known, some species form endospores (e.g.Candida species).[2] These are asexual spores that are formed within their mother cell (hyphal or single cell). Strains of Candida and Metschnikowia may also form asexual resting spores called chlamydospores.[2] Sexual reproduction[edit] Sexual reproduction
Sexual reproduction
is not known for all species of Saccharomycotina, but may happen in certain species if environmental conditions favour it (e.g. deficiency in nitrogen and carbohydrate).[2] Sexual reproduction is well known in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here, the life cycle involves alternation between a haploid and a diploid phase. The life cycle proceeds as follows: Two cells of different mating type fuse and the nuclei undergo karyogamy. This results in a daughter cell with a diploid nucleus, functioning as an ascus, where meiosis occurs to produce haploid ascospores. When ascospores germinate, the haploid phase is established, and is maintained by further mitosis and budding. In most natural populations this phase is fairly short since ascospores fuse almost immediately after meiosis has occurred. This results in most yeast populations being diploid for most part of their life cycle.[4] In Saccharomycotina
there are to mating types present. The mating types specify peptide hormones called pheromones and corresponding receptors for each type. These pheromones organize the mating. The pheromones do not affect the same mating type or diploids, but bind to receptors of different mating type. Interaction between pheromone and receptor results in altered metabolism to allow for fusion between cells of different mating type.[4][2] Distribution and ecology[edit] Saccharomycete yeasts are found in nearly all regions of the world, including hot deserts, polar areas, in freshwater, in salt water, and in the atmosphere.[2] Their growth is mainly saprotrophic, but some members are important pathogens of plants and animals, including humans. They are often found in specialized habitats, e.g. small volumes of organic carbon rich liquid (e.g. flower nectar).[4] Examples of ecological modes in Saccharomycotina:

Associations with insects[14] Associations with plants, including Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
with grapes[15] Plant parasitism (e.g. cotton boll rot by Eremothecium ashbyi, Eremothecium gossypii as pathogen on coffee, soybean and other crops)[2] Saprotrophism on leaves and decaying wood (e.g. Ogataea)[16] Human pathogens (e.g. species of Candida and Meyerozyma)[8][9]

Although yeasts are commonly isolated from soil, few are believed to have soil as a primary habitat.[2] Accurate identification of species is important for understanding yeast ecology, something that is now possible with the increased use of DNA-based methods. Before molecular methods were available, identification was mainly based on morphology, something that resulted in misclassifications and further prevented reliable results of ecological research. Taxonomy[edit] Saccharomycotina
is a subdivision (subphylum) of the division (phylum) Ascomycota. It is a sister group to Pezizomycotina.[2][3] Yeasts
were traditionally classified as a separate group of the fungal kingdom, but in recent years[when?] DNA-based methods have changed the understanding of phylogenetic relationships among fungi. Yeasts
are considered to be a polyphyletic group,[2][11] consisting of members of Basidiomycota, Taphrinomycotina, as well as Saccharomycotina. This realization has led to major changes in the phylogeny and taxonomy of Saccharomycotina.[2] In addition, the recent[when?] changes in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants[17][18] have had a major impact on the classification of fungi, including Saccharomycotina. The changes imply that a fungus can only bear one correct name, i.e. separate names for anamorphs and teleomorphs are no longer allowed. This involves major changes in Saccharomycotina
taxonomy, as many species are currently described from both anamorphic and teleomorphic stages.[18] The genus Candida is an example of a genus that is undergoing large-scale revisions. Molecular identification methods are important tools for discovery of new species and subsequently give better understanding of biodiversity in this group. Much of the future classification of Saccharomycotina will rest on phylogenetic analysis of DNA
sequences rather than on the morphological and developmental characters.[citation needed] See also[edit]

in winemaking Saccharomyces Genome Database


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External links[edit]

Tree of Life: Saccharomycetales

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Basidiomycota (with basidia)


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Neocallimastigomycetes Hyaloraphidiomycetes Monoblepharidomycetes Chytridiomycetes

phyla are underlined. See also: fungi imperfecti (polyphyletic group).

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q508019 EoL: 2861293 Fungorum: 501470 ITIS: 610627 MycoBank: 5