The Lactic Acid Bacteria

  • Kenneth C. Fugelsang


The lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from wine are located in two families and three genera (with several species and strains). The Lactobacillaceae, represented by the genus Lactobacillus, includes rod-shaped Gram-positive species and their respective strains (see Fig. 1-1), whereas the Streptococcaceae represented by the genera Pediococcus and Leuconostoc, includes Gram-positive coccoid- or coccobacilloid-shaped isolates (see Figs. 1-2 and 1-3). Both groups may grow as somewhat characteristic aggregations of cells. These may include chains of lenticular or sausage-shaped cells, in the case of Leuconostoc oenos, filamentous chains (Lactobacillus fructivorans), and tetrads that result from division in two planes (Pediococcus damnosus).


Lactic Acid Bacterium Alcoholic Fermentation White Wine Lactic Acid Bacterium Strain Wine Yeast 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Fugelsang
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  1. 1.California State UniversityFresnoUSA

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