Pickle spoiling bacteria could prevent environmental hazards

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Washington, Sep 20 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that bacteria that cause pickles to spoil could also detoxify environmentally hazardous industrial dyes that pollute water.

Some species of Lactobacilli-food-related microorganisms-can cause red colouring when combined with tartrazine, a yellow food-colouring agent used in the manufacture of dill pickles.

The new study by Ilenys Perez-Dmaz and her colleagues from the ARS Food Science Research Unit in Raleigh, N.C., indicates that Lactobacilli can transform azo dyes into non-mutagenic substances - and could be implemented in wastewater treatment applications.

Perez-Dmaz and her colleagues isolated Lactobacilli from spoiled jars of hamburger dill pickles and used those isolates to inoculate non-spoiled jars of hamburger dill pickles. Jars that contained brines with tartrazine developed the red hue on the pickle skins; those that had turmeric or no added colouring did not.

The findings from this work have been reported in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. (ANI)

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