Features of Bacillus licheniformis

  • Spores can withstand the bile salts and low gastric pH and thus reaches the gut intact.
  • Efficient in producing many antibiotics, mostly bacitracin which is a thermostable antibiotic, resistant to enzymatic degradation and effective against many pathogenic bacteria.
  • Also produces several digestive enzymes (protease, α-amylase, β-mannanase and several pectinolytic enzymes) and whole spectrum of vitamins in the gut. Protease enzyme is vital for digesting and assimilating proteins in the body.