Understanding the industrial application potential of lactic acid bacteria through genomics

Yan Zhu, Yanping Zhang, Yin Li

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Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are a heterogeneous group of bacteria contributing to various industrial applications, ranging from food and beverage fermentation, bulk and fine chemicals production to pharmaceuticals manufacturing. Genome sequencing is booming; hitherto, 25 genomes of LAB have been published and many more are in progress. Based on genomic content of LAB, this review highlights some findings related to applications revealed by genomics and functional genomics analyses. Finally, this review summarizes mathematical modeling strategies of LAB in the context of genomics, to further our understanding of industrial related features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-610
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Application
  • Genomics
  • Lactic acid bacteria

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