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Antifungal Effect of Lactic Acid Bacteria

L. Vanne, T. Kleemola, A. Haikara
VTT Biotechnology


In this study, the possible antifungal effects of lactic acid bacteria against toxigenic Penicillium and Aspergillus strains were screened in vitro. The work is a part of the EU project "Prevention of ochratoxin A in cereals". (QLK1.-CT-1999-00433).

The mould strains selected for this study were 15 identified Penicillium verrucosum and four Asperillus ochraceus isolated from wheat and barley. The inhibition of mould growth was screened with seven lactic acid bacteria (LAB), partly based on earlier studies of their anti fungal effects

A summary of LAB used in this study is presented below:

Nature of the strains
Lactobacillus plantarum
Lactobacillus plantarum
Pediococcus pentosaceus
Pediococcus pentiosaceus
Lactobacillus amylovorus
Lactobacillus amylovorus
Lactobacillus acidophilus

Strain code / (abbrev.)
VTT E-78076 (E76)
VTT E-79098 (E98)
VTT E-90390 (E390)
VTT E-981081 (E1081)
VTT E-95576 (E576)
VTT E-981145 (E1145)
VTT E-96276 (E276)

Pickled Cabbage
Barley kernel
Starch slurry
Human isolate

The preliminary screening of the anti fungal effect of the LAB was carried out by automated turbidometry.

The anti funal effect measured by automated turbidometry varied between 20 and 55%. The set inhibition level of 40% was achieved in 22 of 104 combinations of LAB and P. verrucosum. The three most effective LAB strains were Lactobacillus plantarum E76, L. plantarum E98 and L. amylovorus E576. The inhibition of A. ochraceus by LAB was found to be more than 40% in 11 out of 26 combinations. The inhibition caused by LAB is a combined effect of lactic acid and anti-microbial substances produced by the bacteria. All the four LAB strains studied using the indirect impedimetric method were able to delay or even inhibit the growth of A. ochraceus and P. verruosum during the 90-hour monitoring period. The most effective strains L. plantarum E76 and L. amylovorus E576, were able to inhibit the growth of all 14 fungal strains tested.

The results achieved in this study show clearly that the growth of toxigenic storage fungi can be restricted by LAB in vitro. Further studies with irradiated barley as growth substrate are going to show the potential of the technique in barley storage and processing.

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2. Skytta, E. and Mattila-Sandholm, T. 1991. A quantitative method for assessing bacteriocins and other food antimicrobials by automated turbidometry. J. Microbiol. Methods 14, 77-88.
3. Niku-Paavola, M-L., Laitila, A., Mattila-Sandholm, T. and Haikara, A 1999. New types of antimicrobial compounds produced by Lactobacillus plantarum J. Appl. Microbiol. 86, 29-35.

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(November 2007)
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