In Russia, a new strain of lactic acid bacteria has been found by scientists at the Microbiology Department of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. The bacteria act as a natural antimicrobial and antifungal which is unique even for lactic acids from milk, which often have one property or the other but not both. The new strain could be a helpful probiotic to promote digestion health. It also could also be used as a natural preservative for food.
Scientists found the new strain, called lactococcuslactis subsp. lactis 194, in Buryat milk and credit the new strain as a result of the unique ecological area in the Buryatia and the Lake Baikal region.