Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: March 8, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Yeast systematics are in transition from reliance on standard growth tests and microscopic observations for strain identification to application of molecular comparisons. Measurements of molecular divergence represent a quantitative means for assessing genetic relationships among species, and these molecular comparisons have revealed that the standard phenotypic tests used in yeast taxonomy are often poor indicators of relatedness. The impact of molecular comparisons on yeast systematics is discussed and examples of application of these data for rapid species identification are given.