Probiotics: A Clinical Guide

Martin H. Floch, MD; Adam S. Kim, MD

Chapter 5: Quantification And Identification Of Probiotic Organisms In Humans (continued)

Ian M. Carroll, PhD; Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD, MPH; Yehuda Ringel, MD

The identification and quantification of microorganisms serve multiple purposes relating to the development, use, and evaluation of probiotics in clinical and commercial applications. Because probiotics can play an important role in maintaining health and in the prevention and treatment of disease,1 it is imperative that researchers be able to track the presence, densities, and effects of these organisms in the complex host-microbial ecosystems of the human body. Most of the currently available applications of probiotics relate to oral administration of products with the belief that a…