Marine yeasts—a review

  title={Marine yeasts—a review},
  author={Sreedevi Narayanan Kutty and Rosamma Philip},
Yeasts are ubiquitous in their distribution and populations mainly depend on the type and concentration of organic materials. The distribution of species, as well as their numbers and metabolic characteristics were found to be governed by existing environmental conditions. Marine yeasts were first discovered from the Atlantic Ocean and following this discovery, yeasts were isolated from different sources, viz. seawater, marine deposits, seaweeds, fish, marine mammals and sea birds. Near‐shore… 

Yeasts in Continental and Seawater

The present chapter will provide an overview of the current knowledge on yeast diversity and ecology in continental freshwater and marine environments; in particular habitats like tropical and temperate rivers and lakes, seawater, and glacial melting water bodies will be reviewed.

Yeasts of the White Sea intertidal zone and description of Glaciozyma litorale sp. nov.

  • A. Kachalkin
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
  • 2014
The intertidal yeast communities inhabiting various environments in the territories of the White Sea Biological Station “Kartesh” and the N.A. Pertsov White Sea biological station were studied and a new basidiomycetous yeast species was described, which was described in this work as Glaciozyma litorale sp.

A Preliminary Investigation of Marine Yeast Biodiversity in New Zealand Waters

Findings may indicate that marine yeasts are ubiquitous at a global level, although evidence is insufficient as to whether yeasts also demonstrate biogeographic distribution patterns.

Diversity and extracellular enzymatic activities of yeasts isolated from King George Island, the sub-Antarctic region

A high diversity of yeasts was isolated in this work including undescribed species and species not previously isolated from the Antarctic region, including Wickerhamomyces anomalus, which has not been isolated from cold regions in general.

Biochemical activity of marine yeast bottom sediments of Sevastopol bays (Black Sea)

Fungi in marine environments, including yeasts, are far less studied than fungi in terrestrial environments, not only in Black Sea but also all over the world. The data about the biochemical activity

Phylogeny of Marine Yeasts Isolated from Coastal Seawater in the East Sea of Korea

In this study, a total of 314 strains were isolated from seawater; many of these yeasts have been found and reported in seawater previously and also discovered Unknown I (8 strains) and Unknown II (49 strains), which have not been reported previously.

Assessment of Diversity of Culturable Marine Yeasts Associated with Corals and Zoanthids in the Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea

Marine yeasts can occur in a wide range of habitats, including in marine invertebrates, in which they may play important roles; however, investigation of marine yeasts in marine invertebrates is

Marine yeast biodiversity on seaweeds in New Zealand waters

Findings may indicate that marine yeasts are ubiquitous at a global level, although evidence is insufficient as to whether yeasts demonstrate biogeographic distribution patterns.

Identification and characterization of yeasts isolated from the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

The yeasts identified in this study have the potential for use as a biosource for the production of enzymes for industrial applications that require high enzyme activities at low temperatures.

Communities of culturable yeasts and yeast-like fungi in oligotrophic hypersaline coastal waters of the Arabian Gulf surrounding Qatar

The results indicated that the coastal waters of the Qatari oligotrophic marine environment harbor a diverse pool of yeast species, most of which have been reported from terrestrial, clinical and aquatic sources in various parts of the world.




Quantitative and qualitative studies of the indigenous yeast flora isolated from diverse marine waters, sediments, and associated plants and animals were undertaken and certain distinctive metabolic attributes of yeasts were associated with environmental distribution.

Ecology and characterization of yeasts from aquatic regions of South Florida

Mycological investigations, entailing over 400 samples from 120 separate collection stations, of the composite aquatic regions of southern Florida and adjacent areas have been developed. A collection

Distribution and identification of red yeasts in deep-sea environments around the northwest Pacific Ocean

We isolated 99 yeast strains, including 40 red yeasts, from benthic animals and sediments collected from the deep-sea floor in various areas in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Comparing the yeast


Though marine-occurring yeasts seemed to be more tolerant to hydrostatic pressure than terrestrial yeasts, no clear relationship could be found between the tolerance and the depth from which they were isolated and it was suggested that marine yeasts may be subjected to extensive pH effects by different bodies of seawater.

Seaweeds as a reservoir of Candida yeasts in inshore waters

The yeast populations on 9 species of seaweeds and in seawater were estimated by cultural methods over a 16-month period in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, and the role of this persistent yeast population as a reservoir of inshore yeasts is discussed.

Characterization of Ethanol-Producing Marine Yeasts Isolated from Coastal Water.

Various kinds of ethanol-producing marine yeasts from coastal water were isolated and characterized and most of them were found to be genera Candida and Debaryomyces.

Collection and identification of marine yeasts

Yeasts from the North Sea

Noteworthy concentrations of yeasts, especially D. hansenii, were observed during summer months, often in association with various stages of development of the dinoflagellate, Noctiluca miliaris.

Studies on marine occurring yeasts: Growth related to pH, NaCl concentration and temperature

The aim of the present work was to ascertain if these yeasts reproduce in alkaline milieu, at high salt concentrations, and at low temperature, three physico-ehemical characteristics of sea water in this northern temperate zone.

An Investigation of the Yeast Flora of Marine Fish from Scottish Coastal Waters and a Fishing Ground off Iceland

Yeast occurrence was highest on the fish skin, followed by those from the gills and mouth, and then, in considerably lower proportions, from the faeces, and no notable differences were observed in the species isolated from these locations.