Type

Journal Article

Authors

Douwe van Sinderen
Knut J Heller
Horst Neve
Jennifer Mahony
Thérèse Deasy

Subjects

Microbiology

Topics
microbiology food microbiology beer growth development virology standards isolation purification lactobacillus brevis food preservation humans food handling bacteriophages food contamination prevention control

Isolation of a virulent Lactobacillus brevis phage and its application in the control of beer spoilage. (2011)

Abstract Beer quality can be compromised by the growth of certain lactobacilli, in particular Lactobacillus brevis and Lactobacillus plantarum, and various strategies have been used to control such bacterial spoilage. Biocontrol by means of bacteriophage is a reemerging approach for the suppression of spoilage bacteria in food and beverage matrices. A virulent phage capable of infecting L. brevis beer-spoilage strains was isolated and morphologically assessed by electron microscopy. The myophage SA-C12 was shown to be stable in beer and capable of controlling the growth of its host, L. brevis strain 56, in commercial beer. The results of this study indicate that bacteriophage-based treatments may be used as an alternative and natural strategy for the control of bacterial contamination of beer.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Douwe van Sinderen, Knut J Heller, Horst Neve, Jennifer Mahony, Thérèse Deasy

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Knut J Heller
University College Cork
 
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Horst Neve
University College Cork
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Jennifer Mahony
University College Cork
Total Publications: 87