Systems biology as a platform for wine yeast strain development

Anthony R. Borneman, Paul J. Chambers, Isak S. Pretorius*

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Over thousands of years, large numbers of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains have been inadvertently and deliberately isolated for their desirable winemaking properties. In the latter part of the twentieth century, many of these wine yeast strains were improved using classical genetic approaches such as breeding, mutagenesis, and adaptive evolution, and, in more recent times, recombinant DNA methods. Now we are in the midst of the 'omics revolution, which promises, with the aid of mathematical modelling, a 'complete' understanding of cells in all their complexity. Known as systems biology, this approach will enable strain development with unmatched precision and speed, and facilitate the tailoring of yeast metabolism to meet the ever-increasing demands and preferences of winemakers and consumers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiology of microorganisms on grapes, in must and in wine
EditorsHelmut König, Gottfried Unden, Jürgen Fröhlich
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783540854630
ISBN (Print)9783540854623
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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