522 pages, 93 illustrations, 1 in colour
Winemaking depends on a complex group of microorganisms such as yeasts, bacteria, and fungi, which colonize grapes, must and wine. Understanding their wine-relevant activities is essential to improving the selection and management of novel starter cultures and consequently wine quality.
In contrast to previous publications, this book consistently focuses on the biology of wine-associated microbes. An international expert board of wine researchers describes the relevant systematic, ecological, physiological and genetic aspects of wine microbiology. The diversity of wine-related species, their energy, primary and secondary metabolism are important topics that have significant impacts on aroma production and off-flavour formation. The growth management of microbial species, stimulating and inhibitory growth factors and cell-cell interactions are also discussed; chapters on modern molecular and maintenance methods including rapid and real-time identification round off the book.
From the reviews: "This compilation is outstanding. Forty-nine contributors from eight countries offer recent information on the microbiology of wine production, covering specific topics in both breadth and depth. ! each of the book's 27 chapters stands alone, there is excellent continuity between chapters to give readers a good overview of the subject. ! The text contains detailed tabular information and clear, readily understood figures. ! This is excellent scientific reporting. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals and practitioners." (G. S. Howell, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), 2009)
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