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Review article2023Peer reviewedOpen access

Aureobasidium spp.: Diversity, Versatility, and Agricultural Utility

Di Francesco, Alessandra; Zajc, Janja; Stenberg, Johan A.


The black yeast-like fungi Aureobasidium spp. are ubiquitous microorganisms found in a wide variety of extreme and benign environments as saprophytes, endophytes, and pathogens. Since this diverse genus includes species with potential uses in agriculture and the food industry, it is important that we explore their evolution and spread in the context of climate change. Aureobasidium spp. are known to be capable of producing a plethora of various metabolites, many of which find applications in the field in the control of plant pathogens. The present review aims to explain how these microorganisms can provide ecological and safe strategies that might be adopted in agricultural production systems and food processing. The versatility and potential of the Aureobasidium genus lie perfectly within the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2021-2030 by opening new horizons that are respectful to the environment and human health.


agriculture; environment; metabolites; species; yeasts

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2023, Volume: 9, number: 1, article number: 59

    Associated SLU-program

    SLU Plant Protection Network

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
    SDG2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Food Science
    Forest Science

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