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Kumari S, Jha A. K, Singh A. K. Isolation and Characterization of Temperature and Ethanol Tolerant Strain of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Strains from Naturally Fermented Juices. Biosci Biotech Res Asia 2019;16(1).
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Isolation and Characterization of Temperature and Ethanol Tolerant Strain of  Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Strains from Naturally Fermented Juices

Sonia Kumari*1, Awadhesh K. Jha2 and Anil K. Singh3

1Cum Jr. Scientist, Department of Microbiology, SGIDT, BASU, Patna.

2Cum Jr.Scientist, Department of Dairy Economics, SGIDT, Patna.

3Principal Scientist ICAR RCER, Patna.

Corresponding Author  E-mail: sonia.sinhasgidt@gmail.com

DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.13005/bbra/2726

ABSTRACT: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is common yeast of economic importance in food and brewing industries. This study aimed at isolating the yeast from local sources, viz. Toddy, Date palm toddy, Fermented dough, Fermented fruit juice of apple and orange and then characterized on the basis of their morphology, microbial count, temperature, ethanol tolerance, flocculation, and fermentative ability and on stress test, to see if they can serve as a sources for industrial purposes. Some of them were found to possess high temperature and ethanol tolerance ability, some had high flocculation and fermentative capacity and survived when subjected to various stress conditions. Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolated from these local sources can be used effectively in the bakery and brewing industries. The yeast isolated from date palm has ability to grow at low temperature, have high ethanol tolerance ability and high flocculation ability. Likewise yeast isolated from toddy has ability to grow at high temperature and also have good ethanol tolerance ability. The ability of yeast to  flocculate have benefit of easy separation from the final product at the end of fermentation without filtration/centrifugation and it is a important source for bakers industry while yeast that have good ethanol tolerance ability and high temperature tolerance ability can be use in alcoholic industry from various sources.

KEYWORDS: Brewing; Date Palm; Fermented Fruit Juice; Fermented Dough; Flocculation; Saccharomyces Cerevisiae; Toddy

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Fermentation preserve crops and dairy product by creating an unfavorable environment for  Microrganism that are responsible for spoilage. The fermented beverages and dairies industry are known since more than 3500 years.1 The organism responsible for fermentation is “Yeasts.” It was isolated from cereal based foods2,3  from  various milk product4,5 or cheese.Correlation of yeast growth rate metabolism and concentration of ethanol  was noticed by7 and optimum value noted was around 30°C. Ethanol tolerant strain of yeast have ability to  increase the efficiency of ethanol production on an industrial scale.Selection of ethanol tolerant microorganism by allowing fermentation at high temperature.Ethanol and thermo-tolerant strains can be isolated from natural resources such as soil, water, plants, and animals. So the present investigation aims at the isolation, characterization and selection of a suitable Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains from local toddy, Date palm and other fermented fruit juices as well as to assess their ability to tolerate the high temperature and high alcohol content prevailed during fermentation process.

Material and Methods

A part of research work was carried out in Microbiological laboratory (Department of Microbiology, FBS&H, R.A.U. Pusa (Samastipur, Bihar) and other in the Department of Horticulture in B.A.U Sabour (Bhagalpur, Bihar).

Collection and Preparation of Sample

Toddy from local tree toddy palm (Tp) (Palmyra Palm) liquor from date palm (Dp)  (Phoenix dactylifera) Fermented dough preparation for Jalebi,(Fd), Fermented Orange Juice (Fo), Fermented Apple juice (Fa) were obtained from local market of Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar and kept in a sterile glass bottle at 4°C for further process. One gm Fermented dough was weighed and mixed in 9 ml of distilled water. Similarly Spoiled apple and orange was smashed properly with the help of spatula and about 10 ml liquor was collected for analysis. Then serial dilution was done for the entire liquid sample up to 10-6 dilution.

Media Preparation

Yeast extract potato dextrose agar media (YPDA) was prepared by mixing yeast extract-10 gm, Peptone-20 gm, Glucose-20 gm and Agar -18-20 gm. The entire component was taken in a volumetric flask of 1000 ml capacity. The components was thoroughly mixed with small volume of water and heated for proper mixing of agar. Then mixture was cooled at room temperature. Final volume was adjusted up to 1000 ml by adding distilled water into the volumetric flask.

Isolation and Primary Identification of Yeasts

From each sample one ml of was taken and spread plated on triplicate sterilized YPDA medium. The inoculated plates were incubated for 48 hr at 30°C. Re streaking of representative colonies (confirmed to be yeasts by microscopy) were done on PDA plates. Isolated colony was stored on slopes of the same medium. Isolates were sub cultured as needed for the various experiments conducted in this work. Identification was done on the basis of standard morphological and biochemical test10,11 viz. Glucose, Sucrose and Fructose fermentation ability, Ability to survive at high temperature, Measurement of growth at different temperature and fermentation ability of isolated yeast, ethanol tolerance and flocculation ability.

Microscopy Examination

Isolates were observed for the following features: Color and  elevation of colony, budding etc. Thin smear was prepared for microscopic evaluation12 by taking a emulsified loopful colony of an isolate under test on a clean slide with a drop of water spread to make a thin film and then air dried. After stained with a Methylene blue dye it was observed with a light microscope under X10 and X40 objective lenses.

Biochemical Tests

Fermentation Test for Glucose

The isolates were tested for their ability to ferment glucose, fructose and sucrose. Isolate was inoculated into a test tube containing an inverted Durham tube and peptone water containing 1 gm of the sugar (glucose) and a drop of Methyl red. It was incubated for 24-48 hours. Changes in color pink to yellow of the indicator as well as liberation of water bubble in the Durham’s tube indicate the the fermentative ability of yeast. The presence of water bubble was taken as an evidence of a reasonably high rate of fermentative activity.13

Stress Exclusive Tests

Some stress tests were also done to know the temperature and ethanol tolerance of the yeast.

Temperature Test

The ability of the yeast to grow at different temperatures was tested by plating the yeast isolates onto Potato Dextrose Agar medium and incubated at different temperatures i.e. 7-15,15-20,20-25,25-35°C for 72 hours. The resulting growth was observed and recorded in the results.

Ethanol Tolerance Test

The ability of the different isolated yeast strains from different sources to grow in higher ethanol concentrations were tested. For this one ml of culture was inoculated in potato dextrose broth containing different concentrations of ethanol, 5%, 10% and 15% (v/v) respectively and incubated at room temperature for 24 -72 hours.14

Test for Flocculation

Different Isolates were inoculated in 5 ml of Potato Dextrose broth and incubated at 37°C for three days. Tubes were agitated to observe the flocculation formed after full growth of yeast. The culture supernatant was carefully decanted and the adhesion of the yeast sediment to the bottle was observed and recorded.15

Results and Discussion

Morphological Observations

Morphological characteristics of yeast are presented in Table-1. Colonies of yeast appeared after two days of incubation at 30°C on potato dextrose agar incorporated with Tetracycline. Yeasts had unique earthy smells.

Table 1: Morphological Characteristic of Yeast.

Sample Color and appearance Configuration Margin and elevation Budding shape & characteristics
Tp Light brown jelly like Irregular and spreading colony Smooth, raised Budding, oval and bigger
Dp White and powdery appearance Irregular and spreading colony Wavy, flat Bigger cell, binary fission
Fd Milky white powdery Irregular and spreading colony Wavy raised budding cell, ovoid bipolar
Fo Light brown jelly like Irregular and spreading colony Smooth, raised Budding, oval and bigger
Fa White and jelly like appearance Round with raised margin. Production of bubble in the slant Smooth, convex Round, binary fission smaller cell

Color ranging from milky white to brown. Shape was from oval, round and ovoid (Morphological variations of yeast are shown in Fig 1, Fig 2 and Fig 3. The configuration of cell was irregular and spreading (Tp, Fd,). Round with raised margin, and with bubble was appeared in case of fermented apple juice( Fa). Smooth raised convex margin was observed in Tp, Fo, and Fa. Wavy raised and flat margin were observed with Fd. Cell type was budding, oval and bigger in case of Tp, and Fo. Budding ovoid bi polar type appeared in Fd, and round smaller cell appeared in case of Fa. These characteristics had been observed by other researchers like.16 Similar study was done by17,18,19,20 by different scientist and  reported  different yeast genera as smooth, fluffy, rough and creamy depending on the ability of  yeast to form capsule and other extracellular matrix material.

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Biochemical Test for the Identification of the Isolates

The isolates were capable of utilizing a wide range of sugars as carbon and energy sources (Table-2). The utilization of sugars of carbohydrate fermentation was indicated by change in the color of the Andrade’s indicator from yellow to pink, and by production of gas bubble which was trapped in the inverted Durham’s tubes.

Table 2: Ability of yeast to ferment Glucose.

Yeast  Time Appearance of  Co2 bubble Media Clearance
Tp 24h +++ ++
Dp 24 h +++ ++
Fd 48-72 +++ ++
Fo 24h +++ ++
Fa 24h +++ ++

As shown in result that all isolates were able to ferment glucose and released CO2 gas that observed as water bubble in the Durham tube. Most of the yeast ferment glucose in 24-48 hr and CO2 and media clearance was observed with all the species. Likewise ability to ferment sucrose was also observed with all the yeast strain. So diversity to utilized different carbon sources was observed in all the case. Similar study was done by.21

Ability of Yeast to Ferment Fructose

Change in color was observed Dp and Tp have changes the color of dye from blue to light pinkish, while Fd have changes the color with less intensity. Fo and Fa changes color from blue to dark pinkish. Evolve less CO2. and slightly color changed (Table-3). The ability to ferment fructose can be utilized in production of wine from grape and litchi or other fruits having fructose as a reserve food.

Table 3: Ability to ferment fructose.

Yeast Time Appearance of Co2 bubble Change in color of Media
Tp 24h +++ blue to light pinkish
Dp 24 h +++  blue to light pinkish
Fd 48-72 + Pink but with less intensity
Fo 24h +++ blue to dark pinkish
Fa 24h +++ blue to dark pinkish

+++Intensive response, ++Moderate response, +Low response

Temperature Tolerance Test

To know the behavior of yeast different isolates were tested for their temperature and tolerance test and fermentative capacity. The temperature  have effect on the fermentation process and the metabolism of the yeast. Date palm yeast (Dp have optimum growth temp at 7-20°C but growth inhibited after 20°C) that is shown as in table-4. Growth completely inhibited at 20-25°C.

Table 4: Ability of Yeast to tolerate different temperature.

Yeast (Strain) Temp. (7-15°C) Temp. (15-20°C) Temperature (20-25°C) Inhibition  of growth Temp.(25 -35°C)
Dp 24 h 24h 72h Growth inhibited
Tp No growth No growth 24h Better survival for 3-4 days
Fd Slower growth 24h 24h Better survivability for 3-4 days
Fo 24h-72h 24h 24h Better survivability at above 35°C for a week
Fa 24h-72h 24h 24h Better survivability at above 35°C for a week

Yeast isolated from toddy palm has somewhat higher temperature requirement i.e. growth appear only after 25-30°C but it has less temperature tolerance ability. No growth appears at 25-35°C. Yeast isolated from fermented dough (Fd) have slow growth rate at 7-15°C. But as the temperature increases growth appeared after 24 hr of incubation period. Growth was found fairly well at 25-35°C. Yeast isolated from fermented orange and apple juice (Fo & Fa) have growth optima at 15-25°C with a duration of 24-72 hr. The isolates which are capable to survive at high temperature signify their effectiveness in bread making as it speed up the proofing by increasing CO2, that will ultimately increase flavor and aroma. Those strains are also useful in making alcoholic beverages at high temperature. As the temperature increases yeast growth increases and at a temperature of 20 -25°C. Flourished growth rate was observed that sustained for 2-3 days. At high temperature i.e. 35°C and above the yeast survivability is increased for a week indicating large temperature tolerance range both at high as well as at low temperature. Similar study were also done by a group of scientist and reported that S. cerevisiae strains isolated from conventional fermentation processes were physiologically adapted to extreme conditions.22

Table 5: Ethanol tolerance and flocculation ability of different isolated strains.

Yeast (Strain) Ethanol tolerance V/V (ml) Flocculation ability
5 Days 10 Days 15 Days  
Dp +++ ++ ++++
Tp +++ ++ + ++++
Fd ++ ++
Fo ++ + +
Fa +++ + +

++++Intensive response, +++Semi-intensive, ++Moderate response, +Low response

Table-5 depicts ethanol tolerance and flocculation ability of different isolated strains Maximum flocculation ability was observed with the yeast strain isolated from toddy palm and Date palm. Floccualtion is the ability of yeast to stick together that provide them ability to separate easily from the medium.23 yeast cells which had ability to flocculate can reduce the energy cost involved in biomass centrifugation.24 Higher flocculation rate of S. cerevisiae ensure a high cell density and large volume of harvested cells that are able to raise the ethanol productivity during the fermentation process.25

Growth and Fermentative Characteristic of Isolated Yeast

Yeast produces ethanol, carbon dioxide and other secondary products important for flavor, taste and  quality of wine during fermentation.26 During the fermentation the yeast  faces many adverse environmental condition especially osmotic and ethanol stress.27 During this process yeast gets adapted to the high sugar and other stress condition. For the successful fermentation process yeast should have better survivability in adverse environment else the entire process will be failed.

Table 6: Growth & Fermentative characteristic of isolated yeast.

Source Growth at 18°C Fermentation behavior (Appearance of CO2 bubble) Ability to ferment  litchi juice (h) Ability to ferment 30% fructose
Dp 24-48h Top   24 hr, high + + +
Tp No growth at low temp. -,-,- -,-,-, -,-,-,
Fd 48-72 Top 48h +,-,-
Fo 72-96 h Top 24-48h +,+,+
Fa 48-72h Top 24-48h +,+,-
By 48-72h Top 24-48h +,-,-

+++ High response, ++Moderate response, +Low response, -,-, No response

Yeast were also tested for ethanol and temperature stress that are very crucial factor  for wine production. Temperature affects the fermentation and metabolism of the yeasts which defines the  quality of wine.

The yeasts are also tested for their flocculation abilities. The flocculation’s is an important characteristic that allow an easy separation of the final products at the end of the fermentation without additional filtration/centrifugation steps.

The Dp (yeast isolated from date palm have better ability for fermentation at low temperature while other strain have some high temperature requirement for the fermentation. The ability of Dp to ferment at low temperature may be useful during the winter season where availability of litchi is low.

Figure 4: Wine produced from Litchi (Litchi chinensis) by local isolated strain of yeast. Figure 4: Wine produced from Litchi (Litchi chinensis) by local isolated strain of yeast.


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Also high flocculation rate of the same strain have significance during separation of the product and utilization of the strain as immobilized strain that can increase the economy of the product also. The screened isolated strain can be used for the period when there is off season of fruit. Fruit of litchi may be preserved at low temperature in the form of pulp or in juice and can be utilized during winter season where there is no fruit production. Potential strain for fermentation was also isolated by other scientist who supported the above statement.28


Author is highly thankful to the University R.A.U Pusa Samstipur,Bihar and B.A.U,Sabour, Bhagalpur Bihar for financial assistance. I am highly thankful to the suggestions obtained during writing of manuscript  provided by Dr.M.N.Singh, Dean, SGIDT,Patna and Dr .Ravindra Kumar, Director Research Bihar Animal Sciences University, Patna for providing Communication number for the same.Communication number of this Manuscript is BASU/PUB/18-2018 may kindly be acknowledged.

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