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Kingdom Eubacteria - examples of commercial use

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Many species of Eubacteria are used commercially. For example:

Food production
  • Lactobacillus helveticus - cheese, buttermilk, Yoghurt, pickles,
  • Streptococcus thermophilus - cheese, butter, sour cream, Sourdough bread
  • Pediococcus acidilactici - cured meat and sausages
  • Leuconostoc mesenteroides - green olives
  • Acetobacter aceti - vinegar
  • Erwinia herbicola - coffee

Pharmaceuticals
  • Streptococcus hemolyticus - streptokinase
  • Staphylococcus aureus- hyaluronidase
  • Escherichia coli - asparaginase

Industrial chemicals
  • Amylases, proteases, amino acids, vitamins, ethanol, acetone, organic acids, perfumes - many species

Genetic engineering
  • Many bacteria have been genetically engineered to produce important products such as insulin and human growth hormone.

Biological pest control
  • Bacillus thuringiensis - used as an insecticide

Some of these Eubacteria will be examined in detail elsewhere in this website.