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Microbe–microbe interactions in mixed culture food fermentations

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Microbe–microbe interactions in mixed culture food fermentations
Abstract

Most known natural and industrial food fermentation processes are driven by either simple or complex communities of microorganisms. Obviously, these fermenting microbes will not only interact with the fermentable substrate but also with each other. These microbe–microbe interactions are complex but thought to be crucial for obtaining the desired product characteristics. Microbial interactions are mediated through a variety of molecular and physiological mechanisms. Examples of interaction mechanisms which have an impact on the outcome of food fermentation processes will be discussed. Finally, the technological and scientific challenges associated with the production and propagation of complex mixed starter cultures are briefly addressed. Research on the composition and functionality of complex microbial consortia is gaining momentum and will open new avenues for controlling and improving food fermentation processes, and developing new applications for mixed cultures.

Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (170 K)Download as PowerPoint slideHighlights► Microbial interactions in food fermentations are crucial for product functionality. ► Complex microbial consortia tolerate more variation in the environment. ► Knowledge of communities of fermenting microbes drives diversification of starter cultures. ► Use of complex starter cultures requires new propagation methodologies. ► Immobilised cell technology is a high potential solution for propagating complex cultures.

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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Current Opinion in Biotechnology - Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2013, Pages 148–154
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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