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Type: Journal article
Title: Exploring the diversity of bacteriophage specific to Oenococcus oeni and Lactobacillus spp and their role in wine production
Author: Xu, Z.
Walker, M.E.
Zhang, J.
Gardner, J.M.
Sumby, K.M.
Jiranek, V.
Citation: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2021; 105(23):8575-8592
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 0175-7598
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Zhecun Xu, Michelle E. Walker, Jin Zhang, Jennifer M. Gardner, Krista M. Sumby, Vladimir Jiranek
Abstract: The widespread existence of bacteriophage has been of great interest to the biological research community and ongoing investigations continue to explore their diversity and role. They have also attracted attention and in-depth research in connection to fermented food processing, in particular from the dairy and wine industries. Bacteriophage, mostly oenophage, may in fact be a 'double edged sword' for winemakers: whilst they have been implicated as a causal agent of difficulties with malolactic fermentation (although not proven), they are also beginning to be considered as alternatives to using sulphur dioxide to prevent wine spoilage. Investigation and characterisation of oenophage of Oenococcus oeni, the main species used in winemaking, are still limited compared to lactococcal bacteriophage of Lactococcus lactis and Lactiplantibacillus plantarum (formally Lactobacillus plantarum), the drivers of most fermented dairy products. Interestingly, these strains are also being used or considered for use in winemaking. In this review, the genetic diversity and life cycle of phage, together with the debate on the consequent impact of phage predation in wine, and potential control strategies are discussed. KEY POINTS: • Bacteriophage detected in wine are diverse. • Many lysogenic bacteriophage are found in wine bacteria. • Phage impact on winemaking can depend on the stage of the winemaking process. • Bacteriophage as potential antimicrobial agents against spoilage organisms.
Keywords: Bacteriophage; Oenococcus oeni; lysogen; malolactic fermentation; wine
Rights: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2021
DOI: 10.1007/s00253-021-11509-2
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