The bacterium Bacillus subtilis was selected by the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) as Microbe of the Year 2023. This bacterium is a true multi-talent and has accompanied us in therapy for many years (UTILIN® "H"). However, the bacterium is also used in many areas of daily life.
Bacillus (B.) subtilis is a gram-positive, flagellated rod bacterium that is capable of forming spores. The bacteria belong to the soil bacteria and are widespread. Bacillus subtilis was first described in 1835 by Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg as Vibrio subtilis. B. subtilis is successfully used in biotechnology, e.g. for the production of vitamin B2, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and various enzymes, which play an important role in washing clothes to break down starch, proteins and fat.