Special Issue "Application of Lactic Acid Bacteria Biotechnology in Food Industry"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Myrto-Panagiota Zacharof
Guest Editor
Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC), Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science, University of South Wales, Pontypridd CF37 1DL, UK
Interests: lactic acid bacteria biotechnology; industrial and food microbiology; environmental biotechnology; food waste; byproducts; bioprocess engineering; biotechnology; fermentation science; mathematical modeling
Dr. Robert W. Lovitt
Guest Editor
Systems and Process Engineering Centre (SPEC), College of Engineering, Swansea University, SA2 8EN, United Kingdom
Interests: bioprocessing; membrane technology; fermentation technology; algal production technology; acetic acid; wastewater engineering; separation in biotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) serve as natural acidifiers, and are inoculated at bulk quantities into fresh vegetative and animal products to produce a variety of fermented foods and beverages. Apart from their obvious commercial value (starter cultures) and the relevant benefits of their usage in industrial production settings, several strains of this group produce peptide structure substances, namely bacteriocins, which are characterized by strong antimicrobial activity. LAB bacteriocins can be effective towards a wide spectrum of bacteria, when used in sufficient amounts and synergistically with other treatments.

For this Special Issue, we would like to invite the submission of manuscripts dealing with all aspects of LAB biotechnological applications in food industry. In particular, we encourage submissions related to the utilization of LAB in the fermentation of non-traditional food products and that also have the potential for large-scale production, for use in feed products (suitable for animal consumption), or as valuable producers of food commodities themselves, for example, acids or sweeteners.

We welcome technoeconomic assessments of starter culture production as well as novel engineering methods for their production, for example, practical applications of research regarding novel nutrient media and preservation until usage. Within this concept, manuscripts will also be considered that explore the growth of LAB in non-conventional media, i.e., waste resources within the scope of the generation of end products of interest in the food industry or within the scope of industrial symbiosis, namely, recycling of food processing industry waste and wastewater.

Dr. Myrto-Panagiota Zacharof
Dr. Robert W. Lovitt
Guest Editors

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  • starter cultures
  • fermentation
  • culture conditions
  • value-added products
  • valorization
  • feed enhancers
  • optimization

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Isolation, Identification and Investigation of Fermentative Bacteria from Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax): Evaluation of Antifungal Activity of Fermented Fish Meat and By-Products Broths
Foods 2020, 9(5), 576; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9050576 - 04 May 2020
During fish production processes, great amounts of by-products are generated, representing ≈30–70% of the initial weight. Thus, this research study is investigating 30 lactic acid bacteria (LAB) derived from the sea bass gastrointestinal tract, for anti-fungal activity. It has been previously suggested that [...] Read more.
During fish production processes, great amounts of by-products are generated, representing ≈30–70% of the initial weight. Thus, this research study is investigating 30 lactic acid bacteria (LAB) derived from the sea bass gastrointestinal tract, for anti-fungal activity. It has been previously suggested that LAB showing high proteolitic activity are the most suitable candidates for such an investigation. The isolation was made using a MRS (Man Rogosa Sharpe) broth cultivation medium at 37 ºC under anaerobiosis conditions, while the evaluation of the enzymatic activity was made using the API® ZYM kit. Taking into account the selected bacteria, a growing research was made fermenting two kinds of broths: (i) by-products (WB), and (ii) meat (MB). Both were fermented at three different times (24, 48 and 72 h). Then, the antifungal activities of both fermented by-products and meat broths were determined qualitatively and quantitatively in solid and liquid medium against two different strains of the genera Penicillium, Aspergillus and Fusarium. After the experiments, a total of 30 colonies were isolated, observing a proteolytic activity in 7 of the isolated strains, which belong to Lactobacillus genus, and the two more active strains were identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as L. plantarum. Several strains evidenced antifungal activity showing an inhibition halo and Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) and Minimum Fungicidal Concentration (MFC) values between 1–32 g/L and 8–32 g/L, respectively. In conclusion, the isolated bacteria of sea bass had the ability to promote the antifungal activity after the fermentation process, thus being a useful tool to give an added value to fish industry by-products. Full article
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