Definition – What is the meaning of Bacillus Lichenformis?
Description and significance Bacillus licheniformis is a rod-shaped, Gram-positive bacterium. (6) It tends to form spores in soil which makes it desirable to be used for the industrial purposes such as the production of enzymes, antibiotics, and small metabolites. It produces a variety of extracellular enzymes that are associated with the cycling of nutrients in nature.
Bacillus Lichenformis explained by Bud Bionics
Its optimal growth temperature is 50°C, but it can also survive at much higher temperatures. Its optimal temperature for enzyme secretion is 37°C. This bacterium can survive harsh environments by turning into spore-form; when conditions are good, it will turn back into a vegetative state.
- licheniformisproduces a protease that can survive at high pH levels.
Ecology Bacillus licheniformis forms spores in soil. A pathway that leads to endospore formation is initiated when the bacterium is starved. Endospore formation is actually desired and serves as a great example of prokaryotic development and differentiation. These spores are quite tolerant of heat, cold, radiation, and other environmental stresses. Under good conditions, the spores will germinate and produce vegetative cells. (8)
- licheniformisproduces a variety of extracellular enzymes that are associated with the cycling of nutrients in nature. It is a pathogenic soil organism that is mostly associated with plant and plant materials in nature. Although it is most common to isolate this bacterium from is soil, it is believed that B. licheniformiscan actually be isolated from practically anywhere since it produces highly resistant endospores that are spread around with dust.
Application to Biotechnology
B. licheniformis is used to make the antibiotic Bacitracin. Bacitracin is composed of a mixture of the cyclic polypeptides that B. licheniformis produces; ironically the purpose of Bacitracin is to inhibit the growth of B. licheniformis. Bacitracin lyses the proplasts of B. licheniformis in the presence of cadmium or zinc ions.
Bacillus licheniformis is a spore-forming soil organism that contributes to nutrient cycling and has antifungal activity. There is current research on B. licheniformis (strain SB3086) and its effects as a microbial fungicide. Novozymes Biofungicide Green Releaf contains B. licheniformis strain SB3086 as an active main ingredient. This fungicide can be used on lawns, conifers, tree seedlings, ornamental turf and ornamental plants in outdoor, greenhouse, and nursery sites. There are concerns regarding the safety of this fungicide. Reports about Bacillus licheniformis having detrimental effects on insect, avian, plant, and estuarine marine species are fortunately almost non-existent.
Bacillus Licheniformis Probiotic Review, Benefits and Dosages
Do you need a source of Bacillus Licheniformis in your probiotic supplement for optimal gut health and to boost your immune system?
Bacillus licheniformis is a spore-forming probiotic which is often used in conjunction with other probiotic bacillus species, like bacillus subtilis.
- licheniformis is the source material from which the antibiotic Bacitracin is produced. As a probiotic, B. licheniformis is used to perform the same function as it does in Bacitracin: to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
This positive bacterium also works to promote better immune function, and it produces protease, an enzyme which is necessary for proper gut health.
Protease enzymes produced by bacillus licheniformis are highly stable and efficient and although protease is not a probiotic, it is a required enzyme for breaking down sugars into simpler nutrients. By doing this, probiotic bacteria are able to readily absorb and convert the nutrients into soldiers in the fight against bad bacterial growth.« Back to Glossary Index