Yeast belongs to the Fungi kingdom. Hundreds of different kinds of yeast are found around the world. Most live in the soil or on plants, especially in their fruit or nectar.Continue Reading
To reproduce, most types of yeast bud; a small section of a parent cell grows and breaks off to form a new cell. Reproduction through fission is common in a small number of yeasts. In this method, the parent cell separates itself equally into two cells.
Yeast is commonly used by beer and wine makers for fermentation, which results in the production of alcohol. Bakers use yeast for leavening, which causes dough to rise. However, some yeasts are harmful to humans. For instance, Candida albicans causes candidiasis, an infection that affects the skin, genitals, throat, mouth or blood.Learn more about Biology
Fungi can live in a variety of habitats that are classified as either marine or terrestrial: in the soil, in water, and on plants and animals. Evidence suggests that some fungi have evolved closely with their partnered plant or animal to develop a productive symbiotic relationship. Fungi, which include yeast, mushrooms and mold, are classified separately from plants, animals and bacteria.Full Answer >
Fungi reproduce in one of two ways: asexually through mitosis, or sexually through meiosis. Sexual reproduction occurs far less frequently than asexual production and usually only when necessary to adapt to environmental change.Full Answer >
Fungi damage wood, crops and other resources, and can cause serious illnesses in humans. When food or other products are contaminated by fungi, the products are typically destroyed.Full Answer >
The kingdoms in the domain Eukarya are Protista, Fungi, Plantae and Animalia. Eukaryota consists of organisms that have a true nucleus and structures called organelles that are surrounded by membranes.Full Answer >