Alkaliphilic bacteria: applications in industrial biotechnology

  • Indira P. SarethyEmail author
  • Yashi Saxena
  • Aditi Kapoor
  • Manisha Sharma
  • Sanjeev K. Sharma
  • Vandana Gupta
  • Sanjay Gupta


Alkaliphiles are interesting groups of extremophilic organisms that thrive at pH of 9.0 and above. Many of their products, in particular enzymes, have found widespread applications in industry, primarily in the detergent and laundry industries. While the enzymes have been a runaway success from the industrial point of view, many more products have been reported from alkaliphiles such as antibiotics and carotenoids. Less known are their potential for degradation of xenobiotics. They also play a key role in biogeocycling of important inorganic compounds. This review provides an insight into the huge diversity of alkaliphilic bacteria, the varied products obtained from them, and the need for further investigations on these interesting bacteria.


Alkaliphile Enzyme Detergents Food industry Biodegradation Chemolithotrophy 



The authors are very grateful to Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, NOIDA, for providing necessary facilities and infrastructure support.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that no conflicts of interest exist.


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  • Indira P. Sarethy
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  • Yashi Saxena
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  • Aditi Kapoor
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  • Manisha Sharma
    • 1
  • Sanjeev K. Sharma
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  • Sanjay Gupta
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  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyJaypee Institute of Information TechnologyNoidaIndia
  2. 2.Ram Lal Anand CollegeDelhi UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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