Lactobacillus as a Biotechnological Tool to Improve Food Quality and Human Health

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2024 | Viewed by 205

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Laboratory for General Microbiology and Food Microbiology, Department of Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Pierottijeva 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: food microbiology; lactic acid bacteria; fermentation; probiotic; gut microbiome
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Dear Colleagues, 

Lactobacillus, a genus of bacteria known for its beneficial properties, has emerged as a powerful biotechnological tool with the potential to revolutionize both food quality and human health. This genus, which is commonly found in fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, plays a crucial role in promoting digestive health and fortifying the immune system. In the realm of food production, Lactobacillus has been harnessed for its ability to ferment various food products, leading to an improved flavour, texture, and nutritional content. This bacterium contributes to the preservation of food through the production of organic acids and other antimicrobial compounds, reducing the need for chemical preservatives. Beyond its impact on food quality, Lactobacillus has gained recognition for its positive effects on human health. This bacterium is integral to maintaining a balanced gut microbiome, influencing digestion and nutrient absorption. Additionally, Lactobacillus strains have been linked to the synthesis of bioactive compounds with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, further underscoring their potential in preventive healthcare.

As a probiotic, Lactobacillus supplements have gained popularity for their role in supporting gastrointestinal health and mitigating conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. Other researchers are actively exploring the manipulation of Lactobacillus strains to enhance their probiotic capabilities, tailoring it for specific health benefits. In conclusion, Lactobacillus is at the forefront of biotechnological advancements, offering the promise of elevating the food quality and human health. Its applications span from fermented foods to innovative probiotic therapies, marking a symbiotic relationship between science, technology, and our overall well-being.

Prof. Dr. Jadranka Frece
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Keywords

  • Lactobacillus
  • biotechnological applications
  • food fermentation
  • probiotics
  • gut microbiome
  • food quality improvement
  • human health benefits
  • bioactive compounds
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • probiotic strains

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