© 2001


  • Wolfgang Babel
  • Alexander Steinbüchel

Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 71)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Pappachan E. Kolattukudy
    Pages 1-49
  3. Young Baek Kim, Robert W. Lenz
    Pages 51-79
  4. Wolfgang Babel, Jörg-Uwe Ackermann, Uta Breuer
    Pages 125-157
  5. B. Kessler, R. Weusthuis, B. Witholt, G. Eggink
    Pages 159-182
  6. Shiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Uyama
    Pages 241-262
  7. G. A. M. van der Walle, G. J. M. de Koning, R. A. Weusthuis, G. Eggink
    Pages 263-291
  8. Dieter Jendrossek
    Pages 293-325
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 327-342

About this book


Living systems synthesize seven different classes of polymers. They provide structure and form for cells and organisms, function as catalysts and energy storage and carry the genetic information. All these polymers possess technically interesting properties. Some of these biopolymers are already used commercially. This special volume of Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology comprises 10 chapters. It gives an overview of the water insoluble biopolyesters, in particular of the microbially synthesized poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) family. It reports the state of the art of metabolism, regulation and genetic background, the latest advances made in genetic optimization of bacteria, "construction" of transgenic plants and in vitro synthesis by means of purified enzymes. Furthermore, it describes relevant technologies and evaluates perspectives concerning increasing the economic viability and competitiveness of PHA and discusses applications in medicine, packaging, food and other fields.


Biopolymer Fermentation Polyester Polyhydroxyalkanoate biotechnology enzymes metabolism microorganism physiology polymer transgen

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Babel
    • 1
  • Alexander Steinbüchel
    • 2
  1. 1.Sektion UmweltmikrobiologieUFZ-Umwelt forschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbHLeipzigFRG
  2. 2.Institut für MikrobiologieWestf. Wilhelms-Universität MünsterMünsterFRG

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