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In vitro evaluation of microorganisms intended for use as probiotics is essential to understand their potential beneficial properties before being subjected to time-consuming and costly in vivo experiments. This study therefore, examined some in vitro probiotic effects of four strains of Lactobacillus plantarum. Evaluated in-vitro effects were considered to be important for African catfish farming, including haemolysis, antibacterial and enzymatic (amylase and endoglucanate) activities. Examined strains were initially isolated from fermented maize, sorghum, soybeans and cassava with accession numbers LC333558, LC333559, LC333560 and LC333561 respectively. The results showed that except for low acid tolerance by LC333561 (strain from fermented cassava), the four strains of L. plantarum examined in this study were not found to be pathogenic, but possessed antibacterial and enzymatic activities with slight variations among the strains.
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