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Biodiversity of Biosurfactants and Roles in Enhancing the (Bio)availability of Hydrophobic Substrates

  • Amedea Perfumo
  • Michelle Rudden
  • Roger Marchant
  • Ibrahim M. Banat
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Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)

Abstract

This chapter focusses on the biodiversity of microbial biosurfactants and the organisms that produce them. Specific attention is given to the low molecular weight glycolipids and lipopeptides produced by bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Burkholderia, Bacillus, Rhodococcus, and Alcanivorax in addition to other glycolipids synthesized by eukaryotic organisms such as Starmerella, Pseudozyma, and Candida spp. The applications of microbial surfactants utilizing their properties for accessing substrates and in microemulsion technology is covered plus reference to potential applications in environmental remediation. Finally a summary of the current state of research and identification of significant areas for further investigation are highlighted.

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  1. 1.Helmholtz Centre PotsdamGFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  3. 3.School of Biomedical SciencesUlster UniversityColeraineUK

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