Endophytic Yeasts: Biology, Ecology and Applications

  • Pierre M. Joubert
  • Sharon Lafferty DotyEmail author
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 86)


While the study of bacteria and filamentous fungi that inhabit plants has been extensive, endophytic yeast biology remains less understood. Recent research is encouraging as to the potential of endophytic yeasts for industrial and agricultural applications, providing strong incentives for better understanding these yeasts. Endophytic yeasts could have significant advantages over bacterial and filamentous endophytes and they can easily be cultured, stored long term and applied to crops. While more research and especially field trials are required to assess their potential, it seems the use of endophytic yeasts could be a viable way of reducing fertilizer and water inputs in agriculture, and potentially increasing yields. Their application seems especially promising in the field of remediation of heavy metal pollutants, and as biocontrol agents to protect plants from pathogens. However, many aspects of endophytic yeast biology still need to be elucidated, especially when it comes to how the yeasts are able to colonize their niche. This chapter reviews recent research on endophytic yeasts and points to the need for further research into the ecology of these valuable yeasts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environmental and Forest SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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