Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 7 No. 4

Molecular Identification of the Yeast Strains Associated with Spontaneous Wine Fermentation of Kalecik Karasi and Emir Grapes

Seda Karasu-Yalcin1, Sule Senses-Ergul2 and Z. Yesim Ozbas3*

1Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Food Engineering Department, Golkoy 14280, Bolu, Turkey. 2Public Health Institution of Turkey, Department of Consumer Safety Laboratories, Refik Saydam Campus, Sihhiye 06100, Ankara, Turkey. 3Hacettepe University, Faculty of Engineering, Food Engineering Department, Beytepe 06532, Ankara, Turkey.

Received on 20 August 2013 and accepted on 09 September 2013



In this study, 49 yeast isolates, which had been isolated during spontaneous wine fermentation of Kalecik Karasi and Emir grapes, were identified by molecular methods. Nineteen of the 24 Kalecik Karasi isolates and 22 of the 25 Emir isolates could be identified to species level by Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) of the ITS-18S rRNA gene. The identified Kalecik Karasi isolates were found to be strains of Candida pulcherrima, Candida robusta, Cryptococcus albidus, Kloeckera apiculata, Kloeckera apis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Torulaspora delbrueckii. The Emir isolates belonged to Candida krusei, C. pulcherrima, K. apiculata and S. cerevisiae. All of the S. cerevisiae strains and most of the non-Saccharomyces strains could be differentiated by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD-PCR) analysis. Although satisfactory results were obtained by M13 primer, (GTG)3 primer was much more effective in the discrimination of K. apiculata, Cry. albidus and C. krusei strains.

Keywords : Yeast, Wine, Spontaneous fermentation, Molecular identification, PCR-RFLP, RAPD-PCR.