Abstract: Seven strains of lactic acid bacteria isolated from different biotopes were cultivated on media containing horse bean extract. Growth was compared to that recorded on the widely used MRS and M17 media. The feasibility of the use of a vegetal substrate (horse bean extract), namely vegetal protein, in place of peptones and meat extract for the nitrogen supplementation of culture media for LAB growth was demonstrated. Horse bean extract appears especially efficient for growth of LAB species isolated from plants, illustrating the relationship between the supplementation used and the natural biotope of the LAB strain.
Baida Djeghri-Hocine , Messaouda Boukhemis , Nourredine Zidoune and Abdeltif Amrane , 2006. Horse Bean Extract for the Supplementation of Lactic Acid Bacteria Culture Media. Journal of Food Technology, 4: 299-302.