Inhibition of Brevibacterium linens by Probiotics from Dairy Products

Alison M. Knox, Bennie C. Viljoen* and Analie Lourens-Hattingh

Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, University of the Free State, P. O. Box 339, U.F.S., Bloemfontein, 9300, South Africa

Article history:

Received November 26, 2004
Accepted May 5, 2005

Key words:

Brevibacterium linens, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium lactis, inhibition, blue cheese


Brevibacterium linens is an important species in dairy products rendering a specific taste and aroma to numerous smear ripened and blue veined cheeses due to proteolysis. However, the presence of the species in South African blue veined cheeses is undesirable and consumers demand the product void of the species. Accordingly, numerous methods including microbial inhibition using fungi and bacterial probiotic cultures with possible inhibitory effects were applied in an attempt to inhibit the species. None of the fungi, however, proved to be successful, whereas Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium lactis, two typical probiotic species applied in dairy products, showed inhibitory effects against B. linens when tested using the spot-on-lawn assay.

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