Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 175–186

Fluorescent proteins in microbial biotechnology—new proteins and new applications

  • Isaac Vizcaino-Caston
  • Chris Wyre
  • Tim W. Overton


The recent advances over the past 5 years in the utilisation of fluorescent proteins in microbial biotechnology applications, including recombinant protein production, food processing, and environmental biotechnology, are reviewed. We highlight possible areas where fluorescent proteins currently used in other bioscience disciplines could be adapted for use in biotechnological applications and also outline novel uses for recently developed fluorescent proteins.


Biosensor Flow cytometry Green fluorescent protein Protein folding Recombinant protein production Reporter gene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isaac Vizcaino-Caston
    • 1
  • Chris Wyre
    • 1
  • Tim W. Overton
    • 1
  1. 1.Bioengineering, School of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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