Microbial Surfactants and Their Potential Applications: An Overview

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 672)


Biosurfactant or microbial surfactants produced by microbes are structurally diverse and heterogeneous groups of surface-active amphipathic molecules. They are capable of reducing surface and interfacial tension and have a wide range of industrial and environmental applications. The present chapter reviews the biochemical properties of different classes of microbial surfactants and their potential application in different industrial sectors.


Bacillus Subtilis Cyclic Lipopeptide Microbial Surfactant Mannosylerythritol Lipid Trehalose Lipid 


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  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyTezpur UniversityTezpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic Medicine and PathobiologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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