Dr. Jessica Rehdorf
is our expert in the field of probiotics
Probiotics are already contained in household products such as cleaning agents and air purifiers. They are also used in textiles and foams. They combat odors, support surface cleaning, prevent unwanted microbial growth, purify the air and impart other positive properties to the environment. Or let’s imagine further innovative applications, such as probiotics in paints.
In the agricultural sector, probiotics play a role primarily in biostimulation of growth, plant resilience, seed protection, micro- and macro-nutrition of the young plant, and nitrogen fixation in the root zone. The future market of "vertical farming" could also benefit from the use of probiotics.
Probiotics are widely used in the field of health, e.g. to promote intestinal health, for weight management, to control individual cholesterol levels, to strengthen the immune system, for mental fitness and concentration or for therapeutic support of irritable bowel syndrome.
Probiotics support the intestinal flora of farm animals and pets and protect them from pathogenic microorganisms. In this way, they actively improve the intestinal health of animals. With their secreted enzymes, probiotics also improve the animals' feed digestion and the absorption of the nutrients contained therein. Due to the improved nutrient absorption, the animals' immune system is strengthened, which in turn protects against pathogens and improves overall animal welfare.
In the cosmetics industry, so-called postbiotic products with valuable ingredients in the form of killed microorganisms or microbial extracts are used. Postbiotics strengthen the individual skin microbiome, which in turn serves to care for and regenerate the skin and prevents premature skin aging.
Our concept is tailored to your field of application, as well as to the desired dosage form, taking into account the regulatory framework.
Finding the right strain – where to start?
The choice is yours.
In-vitro assays that reflect natural habitat conditions provide insights into strain performance that are transferable to in vivo. To this end, we perform tests on the interaction between microorganisms as well as those on the interaction between host and microorganism. In addition to this, using our molecular genetic tools we can elucidate the mechanism of action as a basis for process and quality control and prioritize the best strains for in vivo testing.
The manufacturing process involves much more than just the generation of (bio)mass. This is the stage that decides whether the probiotic retains its active potential until it is used and then develops its potential to maximum effect.
Based on our knowledge of the mechanism of action, we establish the production process on a laboratory scale and optimize the process parameters. This gives us significant influence on the yield of a stable and active product in the subsequent manufacturing process.
With probiotics, your products become "living products". This requires individually tailored quality control, which we develop according to the regulations of your field of application.