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Microbial products used in food

Product Produced by Type of microbe
vitamin C Acetobacter spp. bacterium
carrageen
(gelling agent)
Chondrus crispus
(seaweed)
alga
enzymes such as invertase
used in the manufacture of sweets
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
(yeast)
fungus
citric acid used in fizzy drinks Aspergillus niger
(mould)
fungus
amino acids such as glutamic acid
and the flavour enhancer,
monosodium glutamate (MSG),
sodium salt of glutamic acid
Corynebacterium glutamicum bacterium


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