Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Biology and Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael A. Held, Nan Jiang, Debarati Basu, Allan M. Showalter, Ahmed Faik
      Pages 3-54
    3. David S. Domozych
      Pages 55-79
    4. Swati Misra, Varsha Sharma, Ashok Kumar Srivastava
      Pages 81-108
    5. Ladislava Mišurcová, Jana Orsavová, Jarmila Vávra Ambrožová
      Pages 109-144
    6. Laura Klavina
      Pages 145-160
    7. Rao Beedu Sashidhar, D. Raju, Rasineni Karuna
      Pages 185-217
    8. Surinder P. Chawla, Sweetie R. Kanatt, A. K. Sharma
      Pages 219-246
    9. André Sá Couto, Paulo Salústio, Helena Cabral-Marques
      Pages 247-288
    10. Holger Wondraczek, Thomas Heinze
      Pages 289-328
    11. Maria V. Busi, Diego F. Gomez-Casati, Mariana Martín, Julieta Barchiesi, Mauricio J. Grisolía, Nicolás Hedín et al.
      Pages 329-376
    12. Carla Maísa Camelini, Márcio José Rossi, Francielle T. G. S. Cardozo, A. Gomes, Ceci Sales-Campos, Admir J. Giachini
      Pages 377-416
    13. Alain Dufresne
      Pages 417-449
    14. Óscar J. Sánchez, Sandra Montoya, Liliana M. Vargas
      Pages 451-473
    15. Michele Michelin, Héctor A. Ruiz, Daniel P. Silva, Denise S. Ruzene, José A. Teixeira, Maria Lourdes T. M. Polizeli
      Pages 475-511
    16. Sirlene M. Costa, André Aguiar, Sandra M. Luz, Adalberto Pessoa, Silgia A. Costa
      Pages 513-533
    17. Waleed Ahmad Khattak, Mazhar Ul-Islam, Muhammad Wajid Ullah, Shaukat Khan, Joong Kon Park
      Pages 535-579
    18. Venkatachalam Ponnusami, Varadarajan Gunasekar
      Pages 581-596
    19. Paola Di Donato, Annarita Poli, Valentina Taurisano, Barbara Nicolaus
      Pages 603-637
  3. Food

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 639-639
    2. Yolanda L. López-Franco, Francisco M. Gooycolea, Jaime Lizardi-Mendoza
      Pages 641-662
    3. Leyla Khalili, Amir Amini
      Pages 663-673
    4. Matthias Moser, Anke Sentko, Hélène Alexiou
      Pages 675-715
    5. Laura Sánchez-González, Elmira Arab-Tehrany, Maite Cháfer, Chelo González-Martínez, Amparo Chiralt
      Pages 717-734
    6. Damini Kothari, Deeplina Das, Seema Patel, Arun Goyal
      Pages 735-752
    7. Guillaume Pierre, Cédric Delattre, Céline Laroche, Philippe Michaud
      Pages 753-794
    8. Tsai Hua Kao, Bing Huei Chen
      Pages 795-827
    9. Maher Z. Elsabee
      Pages 829-870
    10. Ashwini R. Madgulkar, Monica R. P. Rao, Deepa Warrier
      Pages 871-890
    11. Werner Praznik, Renate Loeppert, Helmut Viernstein, Alexander G. Haslberger, Frank M. Unger
      Pages 891-925
    12. Cassandrine Saigne-Soulard, Assia Abdelli-Belhadj, Marie Télef-Micouleau, Jérôme Bouscaut, Stéphanie Cluzet, Marie-France Corio-Costet et al.
      Pages 939-958
    13. César Leyva-Porras, Ana L. López-Pablos, Claudia Alvarez-Salas, José Pérez-Urizar, Zenaida Saavedra-Leos
      Pages 959-984
  4. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 985-985
    2. Ana Cristina Soria, Laura Ruiz-Aceituno, Lourdes Ramos, Luz Maria Sanz
      Pages 987-1008
    3. Fengmei Zhu, Bin Du, Baojun Xu
      Pages 1009-1027
    4. H. H. Chaminda Lakmal, Ji-Hyeok Lee, You-Jin Jeon
      Pages 1065-1077
    5. Marcin Łukasiewicz, Grzegorz Kowalski, Anna Ptaszek
      Pages 1079-1119
    6. Shaun Thomas Mutter, Ewan William Blanch
      Pages 1181-1218
    7. Gloria Uccello-Barretta, Federica Balzano, Federica Aiello
      Pages 1299-1317
    8. Yi Wang, Gary A. Dykes
      Pages 1373-1395

About this book


This authoritative reference work presents comprehensive information about one of the most important and most wide-spread classes of (bio)organic compounds: the polysaccharides. The comprehensive and thoroughly up-to-date handbook presents the sources, identification, analysis, biosynthesis, biotechnology and applications of important polysaccharides likes starches, cellulose, chitin, gum and microbial polysaccharides. Polysaccharides can exhibit complex structure and various functional activities. These bio macromolecules can therefore serve as raw materials for various different materials, e.g. rayon, cellulose acetate, celluloid and nitrocellulose; and they find multiple applications, for instance as surgical threads (chitin), as sources of energy, dietary fibers, as blood flow adjuvants, in cosmetics, emulsion stabilizers, film formers, binders, viscosity increasing agents or skin conditioning agenta, as food additives in gums, chewing gum bases and as vaccines. Polysaccharides form the basis for useful products, like xanthan gum, dextran, welan gum, gellan gum, diutan gum and pullulan. Some of the polysaccharide-derived products have interesting and useful properties and show biological activities, such as immunomodulatory, antibacterial, anti-mutagenic, radioprotective, anti-oxidative, anti-ulcer, antidepressant, anti-septicaemic or anti-inflammatory activities. All these applications and properties of polysaccharides are for the first time compiled in a thorough and comprehensive overview in the present work. This reference work is organized thematically in four parts: Part I. Polysaccharides: Occurrence, Structure, Distribution and Biotechnology. Part II. Methods. Part  III. Bioactive Polysaccharides. Part IV. Polysaccharides as Food. This reference work is edited by experienced experts, all chapters are written by well recognized international specialists. It is useful to all those working in the field of botany, phytochemistry, pharmacy, drug delivery, molecular biology, metabolomics, forestry, environment, conservation, biotechnology and NGOs working for forest protection.


Biological Activities of Polysaccharides Chewing Gum Basis In Vitro Fermentation Polysaccharide Structure Polysaccharide-based Materials Polysaccharides Polysaccharides from Natural Resources Starch, Cellulose, Chitin

Editors and affiliations

  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Mérillon
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentM.L.Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.Groupe d’Etude des Substances Végétales à Activité BiologiqueUniversité de Bordeaux, Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du VinVillenave d'OrnonFrance

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