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Appl Environ Microbiol. 1996 January; 62(1): 259–261.
PMCID: PMC1388756

Effect of Compatible Solutes on Survival of Lactic Acid Bacteria Subjected to Drying


Four strains of lactic acid bacteria were investigated to determine if a relationship exists between accumulation of compatible solutes and the ability of cells to survive drying. Betaine was the major solute found in these lactic acid bacteria subjected to salt stress. Survival of cultures subjected to drying was considerably enhanced when this solute was accumulated by cells.

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