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  • J Biochem Microb Toxicol 2018, Vol 2(1): 104

Influence of Physical Parameters on Growth and Bacteriocin Activity by Species of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Fermenting Foods

Ukwuru MU1* and Ohaegbu CG2
1Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal Polytechnic, , Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria
2Department of Microbiology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author : Ukwuru MU, Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria, Tel: +2348069078818, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Feb 06, 2018 / Accepted Date: Feb 13, 2018 / Published Date: Feb 15, 2018

Abstract

Predominant lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains of Lactobacillus fermentum (NS9, IMAU62205, KLDS1.0733, IMAU62166), L. plantarum (PON10014, OP, FSHS2, B23) and L. pentosus (NRIC1836, NBRC12011, OP4Dan) previously identified and isolated from fermenting cassava and maize were evaluated for the effect of physical parameters on their growth and bacteriocin production. The optical density (OD) and pH of the LAB strains were measured against time of growth in MRS broth. The effect of time, pH and temperature on the bacteriocin production was determined. The inhibitory activity of the bacteriocin produced by the LAB against some food spoilage microorganisms was evaluated. All the LAB strains showed similar growth pattern. Growth was at its peak at 12 h of incubation. There were variations in the OD of the different strains. The pH decreased with increase in the time of growth from 6.5-7.0 to 4.0-4.3. Optimum bacteriocin production (800-1000 AU/ml) occurred at 18 h of growth, pH 3.0-4.0 and at 40°C. The bacteriocin inhibited (7-12 mm) the test bacteria food pathogens but Candida albicans AT410231 was resistance to the bacteriocin. Time, temperature and pH had a profound effect on the growth and bacteriocin activity of LAB strains in the fermenting foods. The bacteriocin produced was inhibitory to many food spoilage microorganisms. This result is a guide to the control of fermentation needed to achieve safety in spoilage microorganisms. This result is a guide to the control of fermentation needed to achieve safety in traditionally fermented foods.

Keywords: Bacteriocin production; Fermenting foods; Lactic acid bacteria; Growth; pH; Temperature

Citation: Ukwuru MU, Ohaegbu CG (2018) Influence of Physical Parameters on Growth and Bacteriocin Activity by Species of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Fermenting Foods. J Biochem Microb Toxicol 1: 104.

Copyright: © 2018 Ukwuru MU, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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