A family of fungi in which the vegetative stage is composed predominantly of single cells which reproduce by budding. A mycelium is formed occasionally in some genera. Most of the ascospore-forming yeasts belong to this family, including some of economic importance (e.g. Saccharomyces). Members of the Saccharomycetaceae are chiefly saprotrophic, and found in a range of habitats.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.