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“Yeasts” Expand Rosenstiel School Library’s Scientific Reference Collection

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MIAMI — October 3, 2011 — Dr. Jack Fell, professor emeritus at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science presented a three-volume treatise entitled “The Yeasts, A Taxonomic Study” to Dr. Lisa Fish, head librarian of the School’s library. Fell is a co-editor of the recently published volumes, which were officially launched at a recent international symposium in Amsterdam, where he received the Johann Westerdijk Award from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The prestigious award recognized Fell’s studies on the diversity and ecology of basidiomycetous yeasts (basidiomycetes include mushrooms, jelly fungi and yeasts such as the human pathogen Cryptoccocus), their mating genetics, and the advancement of their molecular phylogeny and diagnostics.

Fell contributed as co-editor and author to various editions of “The Yeasts” over the past 40 years. The fully revised and updated 2011 fifth edition is the most comprehensive presentation of yeast taxonomy and systematics currently available, describing approximately 1500 species of ascomycete and basidiomycete yeasts. Each description provides standard morphological and physiological characters, in addition to extensive information on molecular phylogenetics, habitat, ecology, agricultural and biotechnological applications and clinical importance. Comprehensive introductory chapters discuss clinical aspects of yeasts, their role in biotechnology, food and beverage spoilage, agriculture and ecology, while other chapters include methodology for isolation of species from various habitats, phenotypic characterization, chemotaxonomy, gene sequence analysis and phylogenetics, including whole genome analysis.

“This definitive treatment of taxonomy and systematics of yeasts is an essential reference for yeast-related academic, industrial and clinical research and diagnostics. This 5th edition represents a significant expansion in yeast research. With 149 genera and about1500 species, the 2011 edition almost doubles the numbers of taxa compared to the 1998 4th edition (with 100 genera and about 700 species),” said Fell. “My laboratory was one of the pioneers in molecular phylogeny of yeasts, and the application of gene sequence analysis is largely responsible for the increased numbers of taxa. Molecular sequencing also enabled the first rapid, accurate species identification of yeasts, a methodology that has been widely adopted and rapidly expanded by the yeast community.”

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