Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens is a non-spore-forming, anaerobic, curved rod-shaped bacterium. It has a high capacity to produce butyrate, which plays an important role in the physiology and metabolism of the intestine and its tissues.
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This month’s feature created by: Brooke Clemmons
Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens is one of the most commonly-found bacteria in the rumen. Photo courtesy of EPA
B. fibrisolvens can break down plant structural carbohydrates (hemicellulose and pectin), starches, and proteins. Photo courtesy of Lydia Joubert; USDA publication
B. fibrisolvens have “knobs” on their cell walls that allow them to adhere to other cells, including other bacteria and plant cell walls. Photo adapted from Cheng and Costerton (1977)
B. fibrisolvens produces conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is important for human heart, brain, and visual health. Photo courtesy of C.E. Fernie, in Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition (Second Edition), 2003