Caister Academic Press

Probiotics and Prebiotics: Where are We Going?

"an excellent summary" (Microbiology Today)
"recommended reading" (Eur. Food Res. Technol.)
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Gerald W. Tannock,
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Pages: viii + 333
Publication date: June 2002
ISBN: 978-0-9542464-1-9
Price: GB £219 or US $250Buy book
Publication date: June 2002
ISBN: 978-1-913652-48-7
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This new volume follows from and complements the bestselling book *Probiotics: A Critical Review* (also edited by G. W. Tannock). The new book expands and enlarges on all aspects of this highly topical subject. Leading international experts describe in detail current research and applications and in particular focus on novel issues and developing technology, and comment on the future potential of this important and exciting topic.

Probiotics and Prebiotics: Where Are We Going? contains state-of-the-art commentaries on all aspects of theintestinal microflora and probiotics and provides an authoritative review of important aspects of probiotic and prebiotic research. Written by leading experts in the field, each chapter affords a critical insight to a particular topic, reviews current research, discusses future direction and aims to stimulate discussion. Topics covered include the genomics of probiotic microorganisms, the developing technologies for analysis of gut microorganisms, evaluation and future potential of prebiotic substances, and the potential for disease prevention in the host by probiotic organisms.

An essential text for all microbiologists, health professionals, biotechnologists, pharmaceutial companies, dairy and food scientists.


"This book provides an excellent summary of the current state of play in the field of pro- and prebiotics ... researchers .. can quickly become familiar with the latest studies and techniques. This book will not only be valuable to workers in the field of pro- and prebiotics, but also for those in other areas of microbial ecology." from Microbiology Today (2003) 30: 192-196.

"... opens with a 40 page summary by the editor that is recommended reading for any food scientist, food microbiologists in particular. .... The active food microbiologist is provided with a wealth of practical information for the molecular analysis of probiotic bacteria and chemicals of proven or presumed prebiotic activity. ... much useful information on methods used to analyse pro- and prebiotic activities and discuss the relative merits and limits of the available methodology, usually in conjuction with a thorough discussion of the physiological setting in which the considered effects take place. " from Eur. Food Res. Technol. (2003) 216: 457-462.

Table of contents
1. Probiotics and prebiotics: where are we going?
Gerald W. Tannock
2. Fluoresence in situ hybridisation as a tool in intestinal bacteriology
Hermie J. M. Harmsen and Gjalt W. Welling
3. From composition to functionality of the intestinal microflora
Sergey R. Konstantinov, Nora Fitzsimon, Elaine E. Vaughan, and Antoon D. L. Akkermans
4. Genus- and species-specific PCR primers for the detection and identification of bifidobacteria
Takahiro Matsuki, Koichi Watanabe, and Ryuichiro Tanaka
5. Prebiotic oligosaccharides: evaluation of biological activities and potential future developments
Robert A. Rastall and Glenn R. Gibson
6. Prebiotics and calcium bioavailability
Kevin Cashman
7. The possible role of probiotic therapy in inflammatory bowel disease
Michael Schultz and Heiko C. Rath
8. Gut microflora and atopic disease
Clare S. Murray and Ashley Woodcock
9. Genomic perspectives on probiotics and the gastrointestinal microflora
Olivia E. McAuliffe and Todd R. Klaenhammer
10. Intestinal microflora and homeostasis of the mucosal immune response: implications for probiotics?
Stephanie Blum-Sperisen and Eduardo J. Schiffrin

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(EAN: 9780954246419 9781913652487 Subjects: [bacteriology] [probiotics] [microbiology] [medical microbiology] [molecular microbiology] )