Lactobacillus curvatus

Genus/species (aliases): Lactobacillus curvatus (Lactobacillus curvatum)

Gram Stain: Positive 

Cell:rod-shaped, non-spore-forming
Colony:spherical (dome-shaped)
Liquid Growth: likely dispersed 

Lactobacillus curvatus Lactobacillus curvatus

Physiological Traits: facultatively heterofermentative

Ecological Traits: 
Present in a wide range of environments including: plant material, human skin, manure, raw sausage, and milk amongst others; can be found on grapes and plant material coming into the winery

Distinguishing Features:

Does not grow well in high salt.

Role in wine:
can be used in Malolactic fermentation.


  • SO2: Intolerant
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