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White biotechnology, or industrial biotechnology as it is also known, refers to the use of living cells and/or their enzymes to create industrial products that are more easily degradable, require less energy, create less waste during production and sometimes perform better than products created using traditional chemical processes.
Over the last decade considerable progress has been made in white biotechnology research, and further major scientific and technological breakthroughs are expected in the future. Fungi are ubiquitous in nature and have been sorted out from different habitats, including extreme environments (high temperature, low temperature, salinity and pH), and may be associated with plants (epiphytic, endophytic and rhizospheric).
The fungal strains are beneficial as well as harmful for human beings. The beneficial fungal strains may play important roles in the agricultural, industrial, and medical sectors. The fungal strains and their products (enzymes, bioactive compounds, and secondary metabolites) are very useful for industry (e.g., the discovery of penicillin from Penicillium chrysogenum). This discovery was a milestone in the development of white biotechnology as the industrial production of penicillin and antibiotics using fungi moved industrial biotechnology into the modern era, transforming it into a global industrial technology. Since then, white biotechnology has steadily developed and now plays a key role in several industrial sectors, providing both high value nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. The fungal strains and bioactive compounds also play an important role in environmental cleaning. This volume covers the latest developments and research in white biotechnology with a focus on diversity and enzymes.
White biotechnology Bioresources Bioactive compounds Hydrolytic enzymes Antibiotics Fungi
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- Book Title Recent Advancement in White Biotechnology Through Fungi
- Book Subtitle Volume 1: Diversity and Enzymes Perspectives
Ajar Nath Yadav
- Series Title Fungal Biology
- Series Abbreviated Title Fungal Biology
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10480-1
- Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-10479-5
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-10480-1
- Series ISSN 2198-7777
- Series E-ISSN 2198-7785
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XIX, 571
- Number of Illustrations 47 b/w illustrations, 61 illustrations in colour
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