Food Science and Technology Department


Date of this Version

June 2000


Published in APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, June 2000, p. 2682–2684 Vol. 66, No. 6. Copyright © 2000, American Society for Microbiology. Used by permission.


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.

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