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Some useful internet sites for research and teaching with yeasts

Mark Henstock, Alan Wheals
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1567-1364.2002.tb00056.x I-IV First published online: 1 March 2002


There are an increasing number of internet sites which contain freely available information on yeasts, although on some of them you have to register. The content is still dominated by material related to Saccharomyces cerevisiae comprising data related to the genome sequence and its functional analysis. The genome sequence of Schizosaccharomyces pombe was completed in 2001 and there was also publication of partial genome sequences (between 20% and 40%) of 13 other species so other yeasts are starting to counterbalance the present bias. Completion of both the Candida albicans genome and the small genome of the filamentous fungus Ashbya gossypii (that is similar to that of S. cerevisiae) are both imminent. Although much of the data are genetic, there are also protocols, bioinformatics software, announcements of meetings, Email directories, micrographs, phylogenies, teaching support, and much else. Only those sites containing some substantial fraction of information related directly to yeasts have been included; more general sites (such as GenBank) can be reached by links from these sites. The URL addresses were correct on 21 December 2001. The journal may update this list annually so please send an Email to us about broken links and new sites.

Tools for analysing genomes

Tools for analysing proteomes

Bioinformatics sites

Protocols (mainly S. cerevisiae)

S. cerevisiae analysis

S. pombe, C. albicans and other yeasts

Miscellaneous information

Culture collections

  • Home Pages of Culture Collections in the World


    This is a comprehensive listing of 472 culture collections of all kinds in 61 countries. Some have web sites with links and a few of the more important, which usually include on-line catalogues and ordering, are shown below.

  • The Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms (BCCM™)


    A collection that includes both biomedical and agro-industrial yeasts.

  • German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures


    71 genera are included in this collection.

  • Japan Collection of Microorganisms


    A large collection at RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research).

  • Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS), The Netherlands


    This large mycological collection has recently moved to Utrecht.

  • Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT)


    The collection is at the University of Valencia and is an affiliated unit of the National Research Council (CSIC).

  • National Collection of Yeast Cultures of the United Kingdom


    Over 3000 strains are available.

  • American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)


    In addition to a very large collection of yeasts, the stock centre of S. cerevisiae genetic strains is also housed here.

  • CLIB: Collection of yeasts with a biotechnological interest


    The collection is for bakery, brewery, dairy technology, oenology and other fermentation industries.

  • EUROSCARF: The European S. cerevisiae Archive for Functional Analysis


    EUROSCARF has over 24 000 yeast strains and plasmids that were generated during various yeast functional analysis projects including the complete collection of deletion strains.


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