Streptococcus Thermophilus - Role in Dairy Fermentation

Streptococcus thermophilus is a type of bacteria used in the fermentation of certain dairy products like yogurt and cheese. It helps in the digestion of lactose.
Category
Probiotic
Where to get
Commonly found in yogurt and probiotic dairy products.
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Streptococcus Thermophilus FAQ


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What is Streptococcus thermophilus?

Streptococcus thermophilus (S. thermophilus) is a type of probiotic ("good" bacteria) found in the digestive tract. It produces lactic acid in the gut. "Good" bacteria such as S. thermophilus can help break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "bad" organisms that might cause diseases.

Is Streptococcus thermophilus a probiotic?

OTHER NAME (S): S. thermophilus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Strep ... Show More Streptococcus thermophilus (S. thermophilus) is a type of probiotic ("good" bacteria) found in the digestive tract. It produces lactic acid in the gut.

Is Streptococcus thermophilus a lactic acid bacterium?

Streptococcus thermophilus is classified as a ‘lactic acid bacterium’, the organism's ability to convert lactose to lactic acid is harnessed in the manufacture of a number of dairy products such as yoghurts and cheeses. Streptococcus thermophilus are used as so-called "probiotics," the opposite of antibiotics.

How is Streptococcus thermophilus sequenced?

Sequencing of Streptococcus thermophilus by the use of shotgun method. Sequenced by Université Catholique de Louvain. Originally isolated for yogurt in 1974, the entire genome sequence of Streptococcus thermophilus LMG18311 has been sequenced .

Does Streptococcus thermophilus have a genome?

Recently, the genomes of several strains of S. thermophilus have been sequenced. Gerald Zirnstein, Robert Hutkins, in Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology, 1999 Like most lactic acid bacteria, Streptococcus thermophilus is non-spore-forming, catalase-negative, facultatively anaerobic and metabolically fermentative.

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