Antimould activity of sourdough lactic acid bacteria: identification of a mixture of organic acids produced by Lactobacillus sanfrancisco CB1

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Sourdough lactic acid bacteria, cultivated in wheat flour hydrolysate, produced antimould compounds. The antimould activity varied greatly among the strains and was mainly detected within obligately heterofermentative Lactobacillus spp. Among these, Lb. sanfrancisco CB1 had the largest spectrum. It inhibited moulds related to bread spoilage such as Fusarium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Monilia. A mixture of acetic, caproic, formic, propionic, butyric and n-valeric acids, acting in a synergistic way, was responsible for the antimould activity. Caproic acid played a key role in inhibiting mould growth.

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Received: 20 January 1998 / Received revision: 17 April 1998 / Accepted: 27 April 1998

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Corsetti, A., Gobbetti, M., Rossi, J. et al. Antimould activity of sourdough lactic acid bacteria: identification of a mixture of organic acids produced by Lactobacillus sanfrancisco CB1. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 50, 253–256 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s002530051285

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Keywords

  • Lactic Acid
  • Organic Acid
  • Lactobacillus
  • Aspergillus
  • Fusarium