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Mycobiology. 2005 Dec;33(4):210-4. doi: 10.4489/MYCO.2005.33.4.210. Epub 2005 Dec 31.

Antifungal Activity of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Kimchi Against Aspergillus fumigatus.

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Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, Korea.


More than 120 isolates of lactic acid bacteria obtained from Kimchi was screened for antifungal activity against Aspergillus fumigatus. Approximately 10% of the isolates showed inhibitory activity and only 4.16% (five isolates) exhibited strong activity against the indicator fungus A. fumigatus. The five isolates showed a wide rang of antifungal activity against A. flavus, Fusarium moniliforme, Penicillium commune, and Rhizopus oryzae. They were identified by 16S rDNA sequencing as Lactobacillus cruvatus, L. lactis subsp. lactis, L. casei, L. pentosus, and L. sakei. The effect of Lactobacillus on mycelial growth and fungal biomass as well as its ability to produce toxic compounds were determined. The results indicate that the three species, Lactobacillus casei, L. lactis subsp. lactis, and L. pentosus, are active against A. fumigatus.


Antifungal activity; Aspergillus fumigatus; Lactic acid bacteria

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