Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 401–406 | Cite as

Lactic acid bacteria: Micro-organisms able to grow in the absence of available iron and copper

  • B. Bruyneel
  • M. vande Woestyne
  • W. Verstraete


The growth of different species of the genera Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc was followed in media in which all available iron and copper was chelated by 2,2′-dipyridyl. None of the species tested was inhibited in its growth. Iron and copper complexation, by means of chemical scavengers, could be a useful method to direct non-axenic lactic fermentations.


Iron Copper Fermentation Lactic Acid Lactobacillus 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Bruyneel
    • 1
  • M. vande Woestyne
    • 1
  • W. Verstraete
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Microbiol Ecology Faculty of Agricultural SciencesState University of GentGENTBelgium

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