Probiotic fermented milk improves immune function in marathon runners

Researchers have long recognized the immunomodulatory activity of certain probiotic strains (see review). A fermented milk that could improve immune parameters and reduce post-event symptoms would be a desirable dietary choice for endurance athletes. In a recent human trial, Brazilian … Continue reading

Akkermansia: a probiotic of the future?

The most common probiotics hail from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. But today researchers have been identifying new genera of bacteria isolated from the healthy human gut that may become the probiotic of the future. (See here for a previous … Continue reading

What’s in a name? The changing Lactobacillus nomenclature

One thing scientists can agree on is that the Lactobacillus genus is too heterogeneous. It does not conform to taxonomic conventions. The genome sizes of included species range from 1.23Mb (L. sanfranciscensis) to 4.91 Mb (L. parakefiri). The G+C content … Continue reading