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Lactobacillus - A Multifunctional Genus

Marta Laranjo

University of Évora

Dr. Marta Laranjo is currently the PI of the ERASMUS+ FoSaMed "Enhancing Food Safety in the Mediterranean" project. With an h-index of 20, she has published 46 papers in international peer-review journals and 9 book chapters.


Lactobacillus Genus Food Fermentation Food Safety Gut Microbiota Foodborne Pathogen Antimicrobial Activity Bacteriocin Prebiotic Probiotic Sinybiotic Lactobacilli Product Standardization

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The genus Lactobacillus is highly diverse and has a heterogenic phylogeny, comprising more than 250 species. It belongs to the phylum Firmicutes, the class Bacilli, and the order Lactobacillales, and has been recently divided into 25 different genera: Acetilactobacillus, Agrilactobacillus, Amylolactobacillus, Apilactobacillus, Bombilactobacillus, Companilactobacillus, Dellaglioa, Fructilactobacillus, Furfurilactobacillus, Holzapfelia, Lacticaseibacillus, Lactiplantibacillus, Lactobacillus, Lapidilactobacillus, Latilactobacillus, Lentilactobacillus, Levilactobacillus, Ligilactobacillus, Limosilactobacillus, Liquorilactobacillus, Loigolactobacillus, Paralactobacillus, Paucilactobacillus, Schleiferilactobacillus, and Secundilactobacillus.

The aim of this book is to highlight important lactobacilli species for their roles in food fermentation and as potential health-promoting bacteria, attempting to unravel the mechanisms by which these diverse bacteria play important roles in different food matrices. Furthermore, the potential application of lactobacilli as starter cultures in the food industry is also encouraged for discussion.

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Date completed: September 10th 2021

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About the editor

Marta Laranjo

University of Évora

Marta Laranjo, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development (Food Science and Technology Group), Universidade de Évora, Portugal. She is also the Executive Director of the UNIMED Subnetwork on Food and Water (UNIMED Office at the Universidade de Évora). An expert on microbiology and molecular biology, her main interests include food microbiology, with a special emphasis on starter cultures and the dynamics of food microbiota. She is currently the PI of the ERASMUS+ FoSaMed "Enhancing Food Safety in the Mediterranean" project. With an h-index of 20, she has published 46 papers in international peer-review journals, and 9 book chapters. She has supervised a number of PhD, Master and undergraduate students. Additional information can be found at

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