Glossary Term: Yeast


1. Unicellular, budding polyphyletic fungi. There are about 1500 species currently described.
2. A fungus consisting of single oval cells that reproduce by budding, and are capable of converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

Note: Yeasts are among the most important fungi because they raise bread and ferment sugars to make beer, wine, and spirits. They also represent a concentrated food source and a supply of B vitamins.

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