Improved Survival of Probiotic Microorganisms Using Poly-γ-Glutamic Acid

When administered in adequate amounts, probiotics offer a well-publicised health benefit to humans and animals.

However, there is a significant loss of viable probiotics due to the acidic conditions of the mouth and digestive system meaning that by the time they reach the gut, their numbers have been significantly reduced.

Research carried out at the University of Wolverhampton by Dr. Iza Radecka and her team has resulted in a novel use of poly-γ-glutamic acid in coating probiotic bacteria as protection against acidic conditions. Dr. Radecka's latest publication.

This work has an international patent pending.

The findings of work carried out to date, has opened up new avenues on how probiotics can be administered and has already stirred up significant interest within the probiotics industry.

Our research is still on-going and we are seeking additional collaborations with commercial partners to discover the full potential of improvements that can be made to benefit the industry in the future.

In addition, we are also keen to meet with partners who can assist in the production of poly-γ-glutamic acid on a commercial scale.

For more information, please email Stephanie Hall, or call on 01902 322191.