Journal article

Effects of acetaldehyde on Saccharomyces cerevisiae exposed to a range of chemical and environmental stresses

AR Barber, F Vriesekoop, NB Pamment

ENZYME AND MICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2002

Abstract

The ability of small quantities of added acetaldehyde to stimulate growth in environmentally-stressed cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was examined over a broad range of stress conditions. Acetaldehyde addition substantially reduced the lag phase of cultures suddenly inoculated into medium containing inhibitory quantities of low M.W. alcohols and higher fatty acids. For ethanol-stressed cultures, acetaldehyde was effective whether added initially or during fermentation. The effects of acetaldehyde were not universal, only minor stimulation being observed for cultures exposed to heat shock, or experiencing changes in cultivation temperature or pH, despite the occurrence of long lag phases..

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