• Nigel P. Minton
  • David J. Clarke

Part of the Biotechnology Handbooks book series (BTHA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Elizabeth P. Cato, Erko Stackebrandt
    Pages 1-26
  3. Jan R. Andreesen, Hubert Bahl, Gerhard Gottschalk
    Pages 27-62
  4. Michael Young, Walter L. Staudenbauer, Nigel P. Minton
    Pages 63-103
  5. David T. Jones, David R. Woods
    Pages 105-144
  6. Lars G. Ljungdahl, Jeroen Hugenholtz, Juergen Wiegel
    Pages 145-191
  7. J. Gareth Morris
    Pages 193-225
  8. Badal C. Saha, Raphael Lamed, J. Gregory Zeikus
    Pages 227-263
  9. Clifford C. Shone, Peter Hambleton
    Pages 265-292
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 293-304

About this book


To the uninitiated, the genus Clostridium is likely more to be associated with disease than biotechnology. In this volume, we have sought to remedy this misconception by compiling aseries of chapters which, together, provide a practically-oriented handbook of the biotechnologie potential of the genus. Clostridium is a broad grouping of organisms that together undertake a myriad of biocatalytic reactions. In the first two chapters, the reader is introduced to this diversity, both taxonomically and physiologically. In the following chapter, the current state of genetic analysis of members of the genus is reviewed. The remaining chapters concentrate on specific, exploit­ able aspects of individual Clostridium species-highlighting their range of unique capabilities (of potential or recognized industrial value), particu­ larly in the areas of biotransformation, enzymology, and the production of chemical fuels. Fittingly, the final chapter demonstrates that even the most toxic of the clostridia can be of therapeutic value. The contributors to this volume reflect the trans national interest in Clostridium, and we are indebted to each of them for making this volume possible. We particularly wish to acknowledge the contributions, both to this volume and to microbiology in general, of Dr. Elizabeth Cato, who, sadly, died shortly be fore publication ofthis volume. Finally, we would like to join the authors in recommending closer and wider consideration of the attributes and capabilities of this genus.


biochemistry biology biotechnology chemistry enzymes genetics microbiology phylogeny physiology reaction taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Nigel P. Minton
    • 1
  • David J. Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of BiotechnologyPHLS Centre for Applied Microbiology and ResearchPorton Down, WiltshireEngland

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