>From: bae at oci.utoronto.ca (Beverly Erlebacher)
>Subject: Re: Kombucha Tea Mushroom
>The catalog says: "The kombucha culture has been shown to contain
>the following organisms: Bacterium xylinum, Bacterium xylinoides,
>Bacterium gluconicum,....... Acetobacter ketogenum",
Hmmm, catalog needs to update the names of the bacteria....Bacterium is a VERY
old (1800) genus name. Acetobacter ketogenum...I worked with Acetobacter for
several years, plus I did a literature review...there is no such "beast" (in
the records at least)
I suspect that given the names, Bacterium xylinum, Bacterium xylinoides, and
Acetobacter ketogenum, these are a species of Acetobater. Bacterium
gluconicum maybe a species in Gluconobacter (closely related to Acetobacter).
I am putting together a newsletter that will deal with Acetobacter and
Gluconobacter (called as a group: the Acetic Acid Bacteria), however, if
anyone has further info on how Acetobacter may play a role in this tea, I
would appreciate hearing from you.
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