Bacillus indicus as a species is reported in 2004 in a study which found a yellowish-orange pigmented bacterium in a sand sample from an arsenic-contaminated aquifer in India. The bacterium was named Bacillus indicus Sd/3T and was resistant to arsenic.
Like other Bacillus species, B. indicus is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped, spore-forming bacterium. Bacillus cibi was once thought to be a separate species but is now classified as B. indicus.
Bacillus indicus is an interesting bacterium in the probiotics world because it can produce carotenoids, pigments which are the sources of the yellow, orange, and red colors of many plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria.
Many of these carotenoids have known health benefits and thus the potential to include this bacterium or its products in supplements and many processed foods is exciting to the food and supplement industries.
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If you haven't read my overview of Bacillus species, then I recommend that you do that before delving into the specifics about this strain.
Coming soon! For more information on the specifics of the probiotic B. indicus strain, including details of what studies have shown, download "The B. indicus HU36 Guide."
At the time of this writing, this species is found in probiotic supplements such as:
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