Biosurfactants

From Genes to Applications

  • Gloria Soberón-Chávez

Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Gloria Soberón-Chávez, Raina M. Maier
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ahmad Mohammad Abdel-Mawgoud, Rudolf Hausmann, Francois Lépine, Markus M. Müller, Eric Déziel
    Pages 13-55
  4. Tohey Matsuyama, Taichiro Tanikawa, Yoji Nakagawa
    Pages 93-120
  5. Zongze Shao
    Pages 121-143
  6. Inge N. A. Van Bogaert, Wim Soetaert
    Pages 179-210
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-216

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Detergence power Foaming capacity Lipopeptides Tensio-active compounds

Editors and affiliations

  • Gloria Soberón-Chávez
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. Biotecnología, Dept. Microbiologia Molecular/UNAMCuernavaca, MOR.Mexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14490-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-14489-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-14490-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1862-5576
  • Series Online ISSN 1862-5584
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