Lactobacillus Plantarum is an attractive candidate for metabolic engineering of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels, as its natural characteristics include high ethanol and acid tolerance and the ability to metabolize hexose sugars.
Lactobacillus Plantarum is a rod-shaped, gram-positive lactic acid bacterium. It is commonly found in the human and other mammalian gastrointestinal tracts, saliva, and various food products. Lactobacillus Plantarum is a facultative heterofermentative that ferments sugars to produce lactic acid, ethanol or acetic acid, and carbon dioxide under certain conditions and selective substrates. Depending on the carbon source, these bacteria can switch from using heterofermentative and homofermentative ways of metabolism. This bacterium is acid and bile salt-tolerant, which allows it to survive the passage through the gastrointestinal tract of humans. Lactobacillus Plantarum is of current interest to researchers and the food industry since it is considered a safe probiotic. It can help limit the amount of pathogenic bacteria or diseases that can have a negative impact on humans.
Like many strains of probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus Plantarum is touted as a natural approach to controlling digestive issues and revving up your immune system. Some proponents also claim that it can help treat or prevent the following health troubles:
♦Anxiety ♦Diabetes ♦Eczema ♦High blood pressure ♦High cholesterol