What is fermantation?

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Fermentation is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases and/or alcohol. It occurs in yeast and bacteria, but also in oxygen-starved muscle cells, as in the case of lactic acid fermentation. Fermentation is also used more broadly to refer to the bulk growth of microorganisms on a growth medium. French microbiologist Louis Pasteur is often remembered for his insights into fermentation and its microbial causes. The science of fermentation is known as zymology.

Examples

homolactic fermentation is the production of lactic acid exclusively

heterolactic fermentation is the production of lactic acid as well as other acids and alcohols.


Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermentation


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