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Training courses are periodically held at DBVPG Collection on topics related with yeast biology, conventional, molecular identification, and biotechnology.

General scheme of training course focused on the isolation, cultivation, identification & conservation of yeast cultures (5 days long)

Techniques for the isolation of yeast cultures from natural or industrial environments:

  • Preparation of media for yeasts isolation (e.g. Rose Bengal agar; DG18; DRBC)
  • Sampling in sterility of different samples: vegetable (leaves), soil, food (cheese), ice, water (from river)
  • Post-sampling decontamination, if necessary (using mechanical or physico-chemical techniques)
  • Enrichment of sample, if necessary (use of specific liquid media to improve yeast presence)
  • Use of specific buffer and surfactant to remove yeast from the samples
  • Filtration or serial dilution of the samples in order to obtain isolated colonies
  • Selection of specific growth conditions
  • Re-culturing procedures (Streak plates)

Identification of yeast coltures using conventional methods:

  • Observation of macro-morphology (colour, form, elevation, margin,…..) of different yeast colonies (yeast and yeast-like) in different solid media (YPD, PDA, YMA, MEA, CMA)
  • Observation of micro-morphology of different yeast species (shape, size, a/sexual reproduction, pseudo/mycelia, presence of spores, etc.)
  • Determination of assimilation profiles with commercial kit (ID32C)
  • Determination of assimilation/physiology profiles using additional test (DBB, urea test, starch production, optimum temperature, growth with high percentage of glucose and NaCl, fermentation of the main carbon sources, assimilation of the main carbon and nitrogen sources)
  • Preparation of media, inoculation, incubation, reading and interpretation of results

Identification of yeast cultures using molecular methods:

  • Extraction of DNA from pure yeast cultures using current method
  • DNA check by agarose gel electrophoresis
  • PCR reaction to determine nucleotide sequences of selected DNA regions [D1/D2 domains of the 26S (LSU) rRNA gene and Internal Transcribed Spacers (ITS1&2) including the 5.8S rRNA gene]
  • PCR amplification check by agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Purification and quantification of the amplicons
  • Alignment of the sequences and using SeqmanTM II and MegAlignTM (alignments were checked and corrected manually) and strain identification at the species level by comparing the sequences obtained with the GenBank database (BLASTN freeware from

Conservation of yeast cultures:

  • Periodic transfer on agar (metabolically active methods): preparation of slants of specific media (YPD and PDA) and inoculation of different strains; conservation
  • Conservation by vacuum drying (lyophilized form): protocol for the lyophilization (state of the cells, media, procedure, conservation, etc.)
  • Conservation of yeasts by freezing and low temperature storage (below -80°C) on ceramic beads (preparation of beads and vials, preparation of suspension medium, preparation of suspension for freezing, distribution of suspension, freezing and storage)
  • Revitalization of the strains conserved in above forms:
  • Periodic quality control of the purity and the viability of a coltures after revitalization (macroscopical observation on agarized medium and microscopical observation)
  • Procedures for estimating on agar plates of viability of conserved cultures
  • Determination of growth rate using DO (preparation of cells suspension, inoculation in specific medium and hourly observation of the growth)

Screening of useful metabolic properties:

  • Preparation of the media specific for each activities to be checked: fermenting ability (qualitative and quantitative methods); ability to grow under increasing NaCl and carbohydrate concentration; production of anti-yeast compounds (e.g. killer proteins) on Petri dishes; semi-quantitative determination of extracellular enzymatic activities on Petri dishes (starch-degrading, esterase, lipase, protease, pectinase); inoculation of the strains; reading and interpretation of the results.

How to managing a microbial culture Collection. Guidelines and forms related to:

  • New strain deposit
  • Strain maintenance and preservation
  • Stock control
  • Delivering cultures
  • Deposit of patented yeasts
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