Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: September 10, 2009
Publication Date: March 21, 2011
Citation: Kurtzman, C.P. 2011. Ogataea Y. Yamada, K. Maeda & Mikata (1994). In: Kurtzman, C.P., Fell, J.W., Boekhout, T., editors. The Yeasts, a Taxonomic Study. Volume 2, 5th edition. New York, NY: Elsevier. p. 645-671. Technical Abstract: The chapter describes the ascomycete yeast genus Ogataea and is to be published in TheYeasts, A Taxonomic Study, 5th edition. The genus Ogataea includes 31 species, many described in the last few years as a result of the availability of species-specific gene sequence databases. All but one of the species grow on methanol, an unusual property among yeasts. Several of the species have been developed for expression of genes and are of considerable importance to biotechnology. The species occur mostly in woody habitats and it is believed that they grow on methanol produced when lignin in wood is rotted by other microorganisms. One species is a known human pathogen.