Name Changes in the Probiotic World

I jot down a few name changes here - just the ones that crop up within the probiotic field. This is by no means an inclusive list.friendly bacteria

Anyone following the research on urogenital conditions has probably noticed some confusion with names. The reason - recently several bacterial strains have been reclassified and given new names. I suspect the boffins do this every now and then just to keep us "armchair microbiologists" on our toes!

Here's the low-down.

What was referred to as Lactobacillus acidophilus RC-14 and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14 are now one strain called Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14

What was referred to as Lactobacillus casei GR-1 and Lactobacillus casei variety rhamnosus are now one strain called Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1

In 2004 the confusion surrounding Bifidobacterium animalis and Bifidobacterium lactis was resolved. They are now both considered sub species and are named Bifidobacterium animalis subsp animalis and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp lactis.

One name that was changed decades ago still crops up occasionally. In 1978, what had been known as Torulopsis glabrata became Candida glabrata. Unfortunately a few publications still refer to C glabrata as T glabrata.

I do wish they wouldn't!

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