African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12485

Short Communication

Phenotypic characterisation and assessment of the inhibitory potential of Lactobacillus isolates from different sources

Oyetayo, V.O.
Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B. 704, Akure, Nigeria. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 April 2004
  •  Published: 31 July 2004


Six strains of Lactobacillus spp. were isolated from fermenting corn slurry, fresh cow milk, and the faeces of pig, albino rat, and human infant. Their inhibitory action was tested against some spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilusisolated from milk was found to display a higher antagonistic effect with zones of inhibition of 6 and 15 mm against E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa respectively. This isolate was incapable of inhibiting the other indicator bacteria. The other isolates have zones of inhibition ranging between 1 to 4 mm. Characterisation of the microbial metabolic product for antimicrobial agents reveals that lactic acid may be responsible for the inhibition of the indicator organisms.


Key words: Lactobacilli, biopreservatives, pathogenic bacteria.