Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 83, Issue 4, pp 597–610

Understanding the industrial application potential of lactic acid bacteria through genomics


DOI: 10.1007/s00253-009-2034-4

Cite this article as:
Zhu, Y., Zhang, Y. & Li, Y. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2009) 83: 597. doi:10.1007/s00253-009-2034-4


Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are a heterogeneous group of bacteria contributing to various industrial applications, ranging from food and beverage fermentation, bulk and fine chemicals production to pharmaceuticals manufacturing. Genome sequencing is booming; hitherto, 25 genomes of LAB have been published and many more are in progress. Based on genomic content of LAB, this review highlights some findings related to applications revealed by genomics and functional genomics analyses. Finally, this review summarizes mathematical modeling strategies of LAB in the context of genomics, to further our understanding of industrial related features.


GenomicsLactic acid bacteriaApplication

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina