Isolation, identification, and selection of strains as candidate probiotics and starters for fermentation of Swedish legumes
Journal article, 2020

Background: The non-dairy sector is growing, fermented alternatives to dairy are sparse. Adapted starter
cultures to substituting raw materials needs to be developed.
Objective: Aims of this study were to isolate, identify, and phenotypically characterize lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that inhabit Swedish legumes, and assess properties necessary for selecting strains with the ability to ferment a bean beverage and with potential health beneficial properties.
Design: Isolates of presumed LAB were obtained from legumes collected at Öland, Sweden. Strain diversity was assessed by repetitive polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR). The strains were identified using  matrix- assisted laser desorption/ionization–time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Species belonging to Enterococcus were predominant along with Pediococcus and closely related Bacillus. Strains were tested for
tolerance to low pH, phenol, and bile as well as their bile salt hydrolase (BSH) activity. In addition, Enterococcus strains were tested for antibiotic resistance, and Pediococcus strains for their ability to ferment a bean beverage.
Results: From the 25 strains char acterized, five were found resistant to low pH, bile, and phenol, suggesting that they can survive a passage through the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and hence potentially exert beneficial effects in the host. These are suggested for further investigation on specific host-beneficial properties. Two of these, belonging to Pediococ cus pentosaceus, were able to ferment a bean beverage without any added nutrients, indicating that the Pediococcus strains are well adapted to the bean substrate. One of the P. pentosaceus strains were also able to markedly improve the reduction of phytate by the phytase-producing yeast strain Pichia kudriavzevii TY1322 during co-fermentation as well as increase the final cell count of the yeast strain.
Conclusion: Strain isolation and characterization performed in this study aids in selecting starter cultures for legume fermentation. Nutritional properties can be improved by co-fermentation with yeast indicating that novel nutritious fermented non-dairy products could be developed.

fava bean



pediococcus pentosaceus



Cecilia Mayer Labba

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science

Thomas Andlid

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science

Åsa Lindgren

University of Gothenburg

Ann-Sofie Sandberg

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science

Fei Sjöberg

University of Gothenburg

Food and Nutrition Research

1654-6628 (ISSN) 1654-661X (eISSN)

Vol. 64 4410-13 4410

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Health Engineering

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Agricultural Biotechnology

Nutrition and Dietetics



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