Curr Microbiol. 2023 Oct 20;80(12):379. doi: 10.1007/s00284-023-03505-8.
The isolation of endogenous yeast strains from traditionally fermented food products to use as functional starter cultures has become more popular for improved food safety, quality, and beneficial health effects. In this study, 107 Pichia kudriavzevii strains were isolated from sourdough, shalgam, tarhana, artisanal Tulum cheese, and yogurt. The strains were identified by DNA fingerprinting using iPBS-PCR method before technological and probiotic characterization. The multivariate statistical approach revealed that five strains were most promising in terms of technological characterization, including different harsh growth conditions. These strains were also examined in terms of probiotic properties with a commercial S. cerevisiae var boulardii MYA-796 strain. The multivariate statistical analyses indicated that P. kudriavzevii 5S5 were most promising in in vitro probiotic properties such as surviving in human GI conditions, adhering to intestinal cell lines, and exhibiting high hydrophobicity. Therefore, it seems to be a great starter candidate for the production of functional fermented food products.