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Lactobacillus plantarum With Functional Properties: An Approach to Increase Safety and Shelf-Life of Fermented Foods


Lactobacillus plantarum With Functional Properties: An Approach to Increase Safety and Shelf-Life of Fermented Foods

Sudhanshu S Behera et al. Biomed Res Int.


Lactobacillus plantarum (widespread member of the genus Lactobacillus) is one of the most studied species extensively used in food industry as probiotic microorganism and/or microbial starter. The exploitation of Lb. plantarum strains with their long history in food fermentation forms an emerging field and design of added-value foods. Lb. plantarum strains were also used to produce new functional (traditional/novel) foods and beverages with improved nutritional and technological features. Lb. plantarum strains were identified from many traditional foods and characterized for their systematics and molecular taxonomy, enzyme systems (α-amylase, esterase, lipase, α-glucosidase, β-glucosidase, enolase, phosphoketolase, lactase dehydrogenase, etc.), and bioactive compounds (bacteriocin, dipeptides, and other preservative compounds). This review emphasizes that the Lb. plantarum strains with their probiotic properties can have great effects against harmful microflora (foodborne pathogens) to increase safety and shelf-life of fermented foods.


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Theoretical basis for selection of Lb. plantarum strain. Use of probiotic bacteria (Lb. plantarum) is a useful strategy to obtain fermented food products with longer shelf-life (food safety) and safer properties due to their ability to delay or prevent the growth of common contamination bacteria (antimicrobial activity) and being of human origin as well as adhesion to intestinal cell lines.

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