I thank my publishers Blackwell, especially Nigel Balmforth and Laura Price, for their patience in awaiting a project matured far beyond its born-on date.

Thanks to Linda Harris, John Krochta, Ralph Kunkee, David Mills and Terry Richardson for reading individual chapters of the book and ensuring that I approach the straight and narrow in areas into which I have strayed from my customary purview. Any errors are entirely my responsibility. One concern is the naming of micro-organisms. Taxonomists seem to be forever updating the Latin monikers for organisms, while the practitioners in the various industries that use the organisms tend to adhere to the use of older names. Thus, for example, many brewers of lager beers in the world still talk of Saccharomyces carlsbergensis or Saccharomyces uvarum despite the yeast taxonomists having subsequently taken us through Saccharomyces cerevisiae lager-type to Saccharomyces pastorianus. If in places I am employing an outmoded name, the reader will please forgive me. Those in search of the current 'taxonomical truth' can check it out at

Many thanks to Claudia Graham for furnishing the better drawings in this volume.

And thanks as always to my beloved wife and family: Diane, Peter (and his bride Stephanie), Caroline and Emily.

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