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Biosurfactants: From Genes to Applications

Series: Microbiology Monographs Volume: 20

Edited By: Gloria Soberon-Chavez

216 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Oct 2010 | #187464 | ISBN-13: 9783642144899
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Biosurfactants, tensio-active compounds produced by living cells, are now gaining increasing interest due to their potential applications in many different industrial areas in which to date almost exclusively synthetic surfactants have been used. Their unique structures and characteristics are just starting to be appreciated. In addition, biosurfactants are considered to be environmentally 'friendly', relatively non-toxic and biodegradable.

This "Microbiology Monographs" volume deals with the most recent advances in the field of microbial biosurfactants, such as rhamnolipids, serrawettins, trehalolipids, mannosylerythritol lipids, sophorolipids, surfactin and other lipopeptides. Each chapter reviews the characteristics of an individual biosurfactant including the physicochemical properties, the chemical structures, the role in the physiology of the producing microbes, the biosynthetic pathways, the genetic regulation, and the potential biotechnological applications.


Gloria Soberon- Chavez and Raina M. Maier: Biosurfactants: a General Overview.- Ahmad Mohammad Abdel-Mawgoud, Rudolf Hausmann, Francois Lepine, Markus M. Muller and Eric Deziel: Rhamnolipids: Detection, Analysis, Biosynthesis, Genetic Regulation and Bioengineering of Production.- Philippe Jacques: Surfactin and other lipopeptides from Bacillus spp.- Tohey Matsuyama*, Taichiro Tanikawa and Yoji Nakagawa: Serrawettins and other Surfactants Produced by Serratia.- Zongze Shao: Trehalolipids.- J. Arutchelvi and Mukesh Doble: Mannosylerythritol lipids: Microbial production and their applications.- Inge N.A. Van Bogaert* and Wim Soetaert: Sophorolipids.

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