Fermentation of fructooligosaccharides by lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria

Handan Kaplan, Robert W. Hutkins

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Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria were screened of their ability to ferment fructooligosaccharides (FOS) on MRS agar. Of 28 strains of lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria examined, 12 of 16 Lactobacillus strains and 7 of 8 Bifidobacterium strains fermented FOS. Only strains that gave a positive reaction by the agar method reached high cell densities in broth containing FOS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2682-2684
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

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