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Yeasts in Food

Yeasts play a crucial role in the sensory quality of a wide range of foods. They can also be a major cause of food spoilage. Maximising their benefits whilst minimising their detrimental effects requires a thorough understanding of their complex characteristics and how these can best be manipulated by food processors.

Yeasts in food begins by describing the enormous range of yeasts together with methods for detection, identification and analysis. It then discusses spoilage yeasts, methods of control and stress responses to food preservation techniques. Against this background, the bulk of the book looks at the role of yeasts in particular types of food. There are chapters on dairy products, meat, fruit, bread, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, soy products, chocolate and coffee. Each chapter describes the diversity of yeasts associated with each type of food, their beneficial and detrimental effects on food quality, methods of analysis and quality control.

With its distinguished editors and international team of over 30 contributors, Yeasts in food is a standard reference for the food industry in maximising the contribution of yeasts to food quality.

Those in the food industry in charge of maximizing the contribution of yeasts to food quality

Hardbound, 512 Pages

Published: May 2003

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-706-8


  • Yeast biodiversity; Detection, enumeration and isolation of yeasts; Methods to identify yeasts; PCR methods for tracing and detection of yeasts in the food chain; Data processing; Spoilage yeasts with emphasis on the genus Zygosaccharomyces; Yeast stress response to food preservation systems; Yeasts in dairy products; Yeasts in meat and meat products; Yeasts in fruit and fruit products; Yeasts in bread and baking products; Non-alcoholic beverages and yeasts; Brewing yeasts; Wine yeasts; Yeasts and soy products; Mixed microbial fermentations of chocolate and coffee; Traditional fermented products from Africa, Latin America and Asia.


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