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Scientific classification

Van der Walt & Arx (1981)[1]
Type species
Yarrowia lipolytica
(Wick., Kurtzman & Herman) Van der Walt & Arx (1980)

Yarrowia bubula
Yarrowia deformans
Yarrowia lipolytica
Yarrowia porcina
Yarrowia yakushimensis

Yarrowia is a fungal genus in the family Dipodascaceae. For a while the genus was monotypic, containing the single species Yarrowia lipolytica, a yeast that can use unusual carbon sources, such as hydrocarbons.[2] This has made it of interest for use in industrial microbiology, especially for the production of specialty lipids.[3] Molecular phylogenetics analysis has revealed several other species that have since been added to the genus.[4][5]


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  2. ^ Gancedo C, Flores C-L (2005). "Yarrowia lipolytica mutants devoid of pyruvate carboxylase activity show an unusual growth phenotype". Eukaryotic Cell. 4 (2): 356–64. CiteSeerX doi:10.1128/EC.4.2.356-364.2005.
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  4. ^ Michely S, Gaillardin C, Nicaud J-M, Neuveglise C (2013). "Comparative physiology of oleaginous species from the Yarrowia clade". PLoS ONE. 8 (5): e63356. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063356. PMC 3646758. PMID 23667605.
  5. ^ Nagy E, Dlauchy D, Medeiros AO, Péter G, Rosa CA (2014). "Yarrowia porcina sp. nov. and Yarrowia bubula f.a. sp. nov., two yeast species from meat and river sediment". Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 105 (4): 697–707. doi:10.1007/s10482-014-0125-4. PMID 24500004.