Characterization of isolated yeast growth response to methionine analogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • Methionine is one of the first limiting amino acids in poultry nutrition. The use of methionine-rich natural feed ingredients, such as soybean meal or rapeseed meal may lead to negative environmental consequences. Amino acid supplementation leads to reduced use of protein-rich ingredients. The objectives of this study were isolation of potentially high content methionine-containing yeasts, quantification of methionine content in yeasts and their respective growth response to methionine analogs. Minimal medium was used as the selection medium and the isolation medium of methionine-producing yeasts from yeast collection and environmental samples, respectively. Two yeasts previously collected along with six additional strains isolated from Caucasian kefir grains, air-trapped, cantaloupe, and three soil samples could grow on minimal medium. Only two of the newly isolated strains, K1 and C1, grew in minimal medium supplied with either methionine analogs ethionine or norleucine at 0.5% (w/v). Based on large subunit rRNA sequences, these isolated strains were identified as Pichia udriavzevii/Issatchenkia orientalis. P. kudriavzevii/I. orentalis is a generally recognized as a safe organism. In addition, methionine produced by K1 and C1 yeast hydrolysate yielded 1.3 0.01 and 1.1 0.01 mg g(-1) dry cell. Yeast strain K1 may be suitable as a potential source of methionine for dietary supplements in organic poultry feed but may require growth conditions to further increase their methionine content.

published proceedings

  • J Environ Sci Health B

author list (cited authors)

  • Saengkerdsub, S., Lingbeck, J. M., Wilkinson, H. H., O'Bryan, C. A., Crandall, P. G., Muthaiyan, A., Biswas, D., & Ricke, S. C.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Saengkerdsub, Suwat||Lingbeck, Jody M||Wilkinson, Heather H||O'Bryan, Corliss A||Crandall, Philip G||Muthaiyan, Arunachalam||Biswas, Debabrata||Ricke, Steven C

publication date

  • December 2013