Methods for Culture-Independent Identification of Lactic Acid Bacteria in Dairy Products

Tomislav Pogačić1*, Nikolina Kelava2, Šimun Zamberlin1, Iva Dolenčić-Špehar1 and Dubravka Samaržija1

1Department of Dairy Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska 25, HR-10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

2Department of Animal Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska 25, HR-10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

Article history:

Received April 29, 2009
Accepted September 15, 2009

Key words:

culture-independent identification, molecular methods, lactic acid bacteria, dairy products


Culture-independent molecular tools have been introduced into food microbiology during the last ten years. Most of them are based on the amplification of a bulk bacterial DNA extracted directly from a sample, the targeting of a selected gene, or a variable region of the selected gene. Many studies have explored indigenous lactic acid bacteria in dairy products by culture-independent molecular approaches. It is well known that indigenous microbiota significantly contribute to the uniqueness of artisanal cheeses. However, there is no molecular method that can provide complete qualitative and quantitative insight into the microbiota associated with a certain ecosystem. Therefore, a combination of molecular approaches should be applied to get a more objective picture of the microbiota. This paper aims to present the most widely used culture-independent molecular tools for identifying lactic acid bacteria in dairy products.


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