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Leuconostoc mesenteroides [Registered]

“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles “said Sun Tzu, a Chinese military strategist of the 6th century BC (Anon, 2014a). This is relevant to mill engineers who have to fight Leuconostoc mesenteroides (LM) bacteria. It is interesting to look at these two words: leuko or leuco is Greek for “white, clear or light”; nostoc was coined by Paracelsus, a toxicologist, to describe smelly, gelatinous bacteria resembling algae, found in fresh water. Over the period 1885-2007 about 78 species of mesenteroides bacteria were classified. Until 1919 the name Betacoccus arabinosaceus…

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