Brewer's Yeast

Oregon State Microbe


Brewer's yeast cells

Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells (brewer's yeast); public domain image on Wikipedia.

Brewer's Yeast

Oregon designated Saccharomyces cerevisiae (commonly known as brewer's yeast or baker's yeast) as the official state microbe in 2013 (Oregon is the first state to adopt a state microbe). Excerpts from Oregon House Concurrent Resolution 12:

"Whereas Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a microorganism classified in the kingdom Fungi, has a long history of assisting in human gastronomic, cultural and scientific endeavors ... has inspired a thriving brewing culture in the state, making Oregon an internationally recognized hub of craft brewing ... has many important uses such as nutritional supplements, health remedies, and aquarium upkeep .... is used extensively in scientific research to further understanding of genetics, human disease and other important topics ... the many meaningful uses of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its importance to the livelihood and well-being of the people of Oregon make it worthy of honor and recognition."