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Construction of galactose assimilating, carotenoid producing yeasts by protoplast fusion Hansen, Christine S.


Protoplasts were prepared from two yeast strains P. rhodozyma (ATCC 24202) and K. fragilis (ATCC 8455). Protoplasts prepared from P. rhodozyma were facilitated by prior growth of the cells in a media containing S-(2-aminoethyl)-L-cysteine. Protoplasts from these two yeast genera were fused either by the use of electrofusion or polyethylene glycol treatment. Stable carotenoid producing cell lines were selected by growth at 30°C on yeast nitrogen base plus galactose. Selected single fusants display taxonomic characteristics common to both genera with a cellular morphology and a carotenoid composition similar to that of P. rhodozyma.

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