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Tag Archives: Saccharomyces cerevisiae

• Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast

Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages, dating back thousands of years to ancient Egypt and Iraq. People drank it for centuries, but never really understood the chemistry of what turned its ingredients to alcohol. “When it went well, it was attributed to the beer god,” said Jim Withee, a genetic scientist and CEO […]

• Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

The next time you take a sip of your favorite wine, you might want to make your first toast to hornets. Or, more precisely, European hornets and paper wasps. That’s because those big scary flying insects whose stings can be especially painful may be the secret to the wonderful complex aroma and flavor of wine. […]

• Discovery of Lager-Brewing Yeast Could Lead to Designer Beer

Discovery of Lager-Brewing Yeast Could Lead to Designer Beer

The discovery of lager yeast’s parentage has implications for brewers, and Diego Libkind, the primary researcher on a new study, is already tapping into some of these ideas. A new discovery has unlocked the secret story of lager beer’s South American origins, and is letting scientists piece together the genetic history of the domesticated microbe […]

• How Evolution Made Nature’s Perfect Winemaker

How Evolution Made Nature’s Perfect Winemaker

Scientists discover how one species of yeast came to dominate wine, beer and bread. Yeasts are diverse—biologists estimate that there are at least 1,500 different species of the fungal microorganisms. But when it comes to fermenting wine, one yeast is much more common than any other. The same is true in brewing and baking—food and […]