© 2002

Applied Microbiology

  • Alain Durieux
  • Jean Paul Simon

Part of the Focus on Biotechnology book series (FOBI, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-10
  2. Starters

    1. Rolf Geisen, Paul Färber
      Pages 13-29
    2. Aline Lonvaud-Funel
      Pages 31-47
  3. Physiology, Biosynthesis and Metabolic Engineering

    1. Mitsuyoshi Ueda, Toshiyuki Murai, Shouji Takahashi, Motohisa Washida, Atsuo Tanaka
      Pages 59-73
    2. Simon Ostergaard, Lisbeth Olsson, Jens Nielsen
      Pages 75-85
  4. State Parameters and Culture Conditions

  5. Novel Approaches to the Study of Microorganisms

    1. Wolf-Rainer Abraham, Christian Hesse, Oliver Pelz, Stefanie Hermann, Michael Tesar, Edward R. B. Moore et al.
      Pages 143-154
  6. Novel Applications

    1. Nereida Coello, Luis Vidal
      Pages 165-175
    2. Gy. Barabás, Gy. Vargha, I. Szabó, A. Penyige, J. SzÖllÖsi, J. Matkó et al.
      Pages 185-190
  7. Food Security and Food Preservation

    1. M. Heyndrickx, N. Rijpens, L. Herman
      Pages 193-238
    2. Cahill S. M., Upton M. E., Mcloughlin A. J.
      Pages 239-266
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-275

About this book


This book illustrates the major trends in applied microbiology research with immediate or potential industrial applications. The papers proposed reflect the diversity of the application fields. New microbial developments have been done as well in the food and health sectors than in the environmental technology or in the fine chemical production. All the microbial genera are involved : yeast, fungi and bacteria. The development of biotechnology in parallel with the industrial microbiology has enabled the application of microbial diversity to our socio-economical world. The remarkable properties of microbes, inherent in their genetic and enzymatic material, allow a wide range of applications that can improve our every day life. Recent studies for elucidating the molecular basis of the physiological processes in micro-organisms are essential to improve and to control the metabolic pathways to overproduce metabolites or enzymes of industrial interest. The genetic engineering is of course one of the disciplines offering new horizons for the « fantastic microbial factory » . Studies of the culture parameter incidence on the physiology and the morphology are essential to control the response of the micro-organisms before its successful exploitation at the industrial scale. For this purpose, fundamental viewpoints are necessary. Development of novel approaches to characterise micro-organisms would also facilitate the understanding of the inherent metabolic diversity of the microbial world, in terms of adaptation to a wide range of biotopes and establishment of microbial consortia.


Fermentation Lysin Pathogen environment enzymes food security metabolism micro-organism microbiology microorganism physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Alain Durieux
    • 1
  • Jean Paul Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut MeuriceBrusselsBelgium

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