The Amazing Yeast: Tiny, Ubiquitous, and Invaluable

Episode 17: Our plant for this episode is not a plant. It’s yeast. Tiny in size, huge in utility, yeast is all around us. Found in the Ecuadorian Rainforests, the Arctic, and on our skin, this single-celled member of the Fungi Kingdom is part of Nature’s Recycling Team and has been on the planet for millions of years. Used for brewing and baking, humans have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with yeast.

In this episode, Dr. Ian Roberts of the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) talks about yeast: its history, what it needs to survive, its role in the ecosystem, and the process of fermentation.

Dr. Roberts is the curator of more than 4,000 strains of yeast collected over 65 years at the NCYC.

To learn more about the NCYC and its heritage collection of UK brewing yeast visit their website.

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