Selection and evaluation of seafood-borne psychrotrophic lactic acid bacteria as inhibitors of pathogenic and spoilage bacteria

Food Microbiol. 2009 Sep;26(6):638-44. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2009 May 7.


In this study, inhibitory psychrotrophic lactic acid bacteria were isolated and investigated for future use in biopreservation of seafood products. Screening of 5575 colonies isolated from various seafood products resulted in the selection of 132 colonies presenting inhibitory properties. Among them, 52 isolates had characteristics of LAB and showed growth at 15 degrees C but not at 30 degrees C. The inhibition spectrum of these 52 isolates against 14 target strains (Gram-positive and -negative) showed inhibition of typical seafood spoiling and pathogenic bacteria and enabled the formation of seven interesting clusters. Sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene of a representative isolate from each cluster identified three Leuconostoc gelidum, two Lactococcus piscium, one Lactobacillus fuchuensis and one Carnobacterium alterfunditum. Theses strains did not produce histamine nor tyramine, and showed no particular antibiotic resistance profile. Growth rate as a function of temperature was tested for one L. piscium and one L. gelidum isolate and confirmed their psychrotrophic behavior. One out of seven isolates showed bacteriocin-like activity. The inhibition mechanisms of the other isolates are still unknown but may be due to competition for substrate. Absence of a bacteriocin-like component could be a positive point to gain rapid authorization for food application in France. This collection of LAB is now ready for testing on products.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibiosis*
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Consumer Product Safety*
  • Food Contamination / prevention & control
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Preservation / methods*
  • Lactobacillaceae
  • Lactobacillus / isolation & purification
  • Lactobacillus / physiology*
  • Lactococcus / physiology
  • Leuconostoc / physiology
  • Listeria monocytogenes / growth & development
  • Pseudomonas / growth & development
  • Seafood / microbiology*
  • Seafood / standards
  • Staphylococcus / growth & development