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Microb Biotechnol. 2016 July; 9(4): 525–526.
Published online 2016 June 24. doi:  10.1111/1751-7915.12371
PMCID: PMC4919995

Lactic acid bacteria

An annotated selection of World Wide Web sites relevant to the topics in microbial biotechnology
Lawrence P. Wackett, McKnight Professor 1

Lactobacillales (lactic acid bacteria):Wikipedia

This page on the lactic acid group of bacteria is heavy on taxonomy.

Lactic acid bacteria: Textbook of Bacteriology

This webpage describes the major taxonomic and metabolic features of lactic acid bacteria.

Twelve reasons to know about lactic acid bacteria

Lactic acid bacteria are important in food and also aid in our health and can prevent infections of food by undesirable bacteria.

Lactic acid bacteria in food

This article focuses on lactic acid fermentations, that are critical for producing pickles, sauerkraut, cheeses, yogurt, soy sauce, and other foods.

Lactic acid bacteria:MetaMicrobe

This commercial website offers a reasonable overview of the lactic acid bacteria and their industrial utility.

Lactic acid bacterial biorefineries

This review article discusses new generation biotechnological applications for lactic acid bacteria, including the production of polylactides.

Lactic acid bacteria as modulators of insect health

This study identified bee honey crop and microbiota as a rich source of novel lineages of lactic acid bacteria, notably Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species. These findings have added significance with the current concern over honeybee colony collapse disorder.

Engineering platform for lactic acid bacteria

This paper describes the design and use of tools for modifying lactic acid bacteria. The tools are then used to make variations in the nisin biosynthetic pathway.

Sensing and consuming lactic acid bacteria

This interesting article demonstrates that the bacteriovorous nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, uses odorant binding proteins to sense lactic acid bacteria by virtue of the diacetal fermentation product that they make as part of their normal metabolism.

Lactic acid bacteria and skin protection

Lactic acid bacteria are described here to inhibit a common skin inhabitant, Staphylococcus epidermidis.

The latter organism is important to control and it has been shown to be a opportunistic pathogen upon wounding of the skin.

LAB‐Secretome database

This database is stated to serve for comparative analysis of the predicted secretomes of lactic acid bacteria.

Lactic acid bacterial genomes

This article describes the comparative genomic analysis of 231 lactic acid bacteria.

Lactic acid bacteria and wine spoilage

Lactic acid bacteria can have various effects on wine, some desirable and some undesirable. They are responsible for malolactate fermentation which can enhance the flavor of wines. In other cases, they can cause extensive wine spoilage.


Microbial Biotechnology (2016) 9(4), 525–526

Articles from Microbial Biotechnology are provided here courtesy of Wiley-Blackwell