The Oregon state House has voted unanimously to make Saccharomyces cerevisiae — brewer's yeast — the official State microbe. The bill now heads to the state Senate.

17 Responses to “Yeah for yeast”

  1. anon0mouse says:

    States have that?  Huh.
    Would California’s be Candida albicans?

  2. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Wait till Monsanto shows up and demands their cut for them having a patented gene in them.

  3. brerrabbit23 says:

    When they made us stop cutting our trees, we decided to get drunk.

    We got so good at it, we learned to make a living at that, instead.

  4. ciacontra says:

    So Oregon’s House just voted unanimously to make brewer’s yeast the

    Official State Microbe, in symbolic support of their thriving craft

    brewing industry. Meanwhile, Washington’s House is supporting its craft

    breweries by proposing to double their taxes.

  5. oasisob1 says:

    They don’t have shit else to do right now?

  6. Saccharomyces is so last year. Brettanomyces is what a the cool kids are fermenting with.

    • TooGoodToCheck says:

       Once you go Brett, you’ll never go back!

      Because it will take up residence in your equipment, and you’ll have to autoclave your entire house to get rid of it

      (sort of kidding)

  7. Brainspore says:

    I still think they should have said “Official State Micro-Oregon-ism.”

  8. “Official state microbe”?!
    Is this a thing? Do the other states have official microbes too?
    How about an official state virus? …toxic chemical/country song/reason to hate Uganda/lampshade?

    • Brainspore says:

      They couldn’t let Wisconsin be the only ones: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-04/wisconsin-honors-cheese-producing-bacterium-state-microbe

  9. Dave Green says:

    And when the legislature is not being so productive, what do they do?  Polish their pet rocks??

  10. citizen says:

    Luckily, Japan already has the mascot plushies and keyrings covered, thanks to the Moyashimon manga / anime.

  11. Ashley Yakeley says:

    I’m a fan of Botrytis cinerea, myself.

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