Microbial polysaccharides can find distinct applications as stabilizer agents including synthesis of nanoparticles. In this study, a dextran-type exopolysaccharide (EPS) was used as the stabilizer agent for the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs-Dex) with antimicrobial characteristics. UV-vis spectroscopy analysis was used to test the formation of AgNPs-Dex. The uniform morphology at around 10 nm size was observed for AgNPs-Dex by TEM analysis and importantly EDX analysis demonstrated the embedment of Ag(+)ions within dextran as the stabilizer agent. XRD analysis confirmed the crystalline nature of AgNPs-Dex and FTIR analysis demonstrated the interactions of dextran functional groups with silver. DSC and TGA analysis showed the alteration in the thermal stability of AgNPs-Dex compared to the stabilizer dextran. The antibacterial and antifungal activities of AgNPs-Dex were determined against food originated pathogenic bacteria and fungi and important inhibition levels were observed at 1 mg ml(-1)concentration of AgNPs-Dex and this activity was observed to be concentration dependent.