Effect of must characteristics on the diversity of Saccharomyces strains and their prevalence in spontaneous fermentations.
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to investigate whether grapevine variety and must characteristics influence the diversity of Saccharomyces strains and their prevalence during spontaneous fermentations.
Musts from different grapevine varieties, all of them autochthonous from Galicia, were used to perform spontaneous fermentations. Yeasts were isolated from the must and at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of fermentations. Those yeasts identified as Saccharomyces were characterized at the strain level by analysis of mtDNA-RFLP. The results showed a low diversity of Saccharomyces strains, which was related to must sugar content and total acidity. Moreover, from a total of 44 different Saccharomyces strains, only eleven of them appeared at frequencies higher than 20% and were able to lead fermentations. A significant correlation between yeast strains and must acidity was observed, with the predominance of certain strains at high acidity values.
Must characteristics, such as sugar content and acidity, influence the Saccharomyces strains diversity and the leader strains during fermentation.
These results showed the adaptation of certain Saccharomyces strains to must with specific characteristics; this may be considered by winemakers for yeast inocula selection. Our findings have special relevance because this is the first study carried out in Galicia dealing with the influence of must properties on yeast strains that control fermentations.
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ABSTRACT: Inoculated fermentations are practiced in most wine regions of the world. This type of fermentation involves adding a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain as an inoculant. It is often assumed that the inoculant maintains dominance throughout the fermentation; however, sometimes commercial or indigenous yeasts, which were not intentionally added, end up as the dominant yeast in the winery fermentation. The aim of this study was to compare implantation/persistence of inoculants among three Canadian wineries (Quails' Gate, Cedar Creek, and Road 13 wineries). In 2010, three inoculated fermentation tanks at each of three wineries were sampled at four stages of fermentation (pre-inoculation, early, mid, and end). In addition, results from the end stage of fermentation, from two of the three wineries, were compared among different vintages (resulting in a 4-year comparison at Quails' Gate winery and a 2-year comparison at Cedar Creek winery). Strains of S. cerevisiae were discriminated by microsatellite analysis and identified using commercial microsatellite databases, whereas DNA sequencing was used to identify non-Saccharomyces. The percent implantation/persistence of the inoculum was significantly lower at Quails' Gate and Cedar Creek wineries as compared with the Road 13 winery in the 2010 vintage. Relatively low persistence of the inoculum at Quails' Gate winery was also found in the 2009 vintage, but low values were not found at Quails' Gate winery in 2011 and 2012 or at Cedar Creek winery in 2012. In all tanks having <80% relative abundance of the inoculant, the commercial strain (Lalvin ICV-D254®/Fermol® Premier Cru) was the dominant or co-dominant yeast. Our findings highlight year-to-year variation in inoculum implantation/persistence and the idea that unless strain typing of S. cerevisiae is conducted at the winery, there are no obvious fermentation factors that would indicate a relatively low inoculum implantation/persistence.International journal of food microbiology 04/2014; 180C:56-61. · 3.01 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Inoculated fermentation by selected indigenous yeast strains from a specific location could provide the wine with unique regional sensory characteristics. The identification and differentiation of local yeasts are the first step to understand the function of yeasts and develop a better strain-selection program for winemaking. The indigenous yeasts in five grape varieties, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan, and Merlot cultivated in Xiangning, Shanxi, China were investigated. Eight species of seven genera including Aureobasidium pullulans, Candida zemplinina, Hanseniaspora uvarum, Hanseniaspora occidentalis, Issatchenkia terricola, Metschnikowia pulcherrima, Pichia kluyveri, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae were identified using Wallerstein Laboratory Nutrient medium with sequencing of the 26S rDNA D1/D2 domain. H. uvarum and S. cerevisiae were the predominant species, while most non-Saccharomyces species were present in the whole fermentation process at different levels among the grape varieties. The genotypes of S. cerevisiae from each microvinification were determined by using interdelta sequence analysis. The 102 isolates showed eight different genotypes, and genotype III was the predominant genotype found. The distribution of S. cerevisiae strains during the fermentation of Marselan was also studied. Six genotypes were observed among the 92 strains with different genotypes of competitiveness at different sampling stages. Genotype V demonstrated the potential for organizing starter strains and avoiding inefficient fermentation. In general, this study explored the yeast species in the grapes grown in Xiangning County and provided important information of relationship of local yeast diversity and its regional wine sensory characteristics.Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 01/2014; · 2.07 Impact Factor