Hyphopichia burtonii grows on starch and is phylogenetically basal to Metschnikowia. The species is wide spread in nature and appears to be strongly competitive (1) . Wickerhamomyces anomalus, Hyphopichia burtonii and Saccharomycopsis fibuligera are spoilage yeasts that cause chalk mould defects on partially baked breads and traditional cookies (2). H. burtonii has been found in cured meat (4) and traditional tapioca cookies (3) . It appears to have fairly strong amylolytic activity.
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