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Biology and Biotechnology of Patagonian Microorganisms

  • Nelda Lila Olivera
  • Diego Libkind
  • Edgardo Donati


  • This is the first book about microorganisms from Patagonia

  • The book has a wide coverage of topics interesting for a large audience of researchers, undergraduate and graduate students as well as food industry professionals.

  • This region has several diverse and unexplored environments suitable for bioprospection of biotechnological-relevant microorganisms


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Environmental Microbial Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Paula Isaac, Natalia Bourguignon, Daniela Maizel, Marcela A. Ferrero
      Pages 31-42
    3. Marina L. Nievas, Rosana Polifroni, Federico del Brio, Marcela A. Sepúlveda
      Pages 43-69
    4. Ana Belén Segretin, María Alejandra Lima, Graciana Willis Poratti, María Sofía Urbieta, Cecilia Bernardelli, Alejandra Giaveno et al.
      Pages 71-90
  3. Patagonian Microorganisms for Industrial and Sanitary Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Verónica Elizabeth Álvarez, María Paula Quiroga, Gabriel Alejandro Castro, Marcelo Hernán Cassini, Daniela Centrón
      Pages 111-125
    3. Gonzalo V. Arnau, Mariana E. Danilovich, Leandro A. Sánchez, Federico Acosta, Osvaldo Delgado
      Pages 127-146
    4. María Soledad Vela Gurovic
      Pages 147-154
    5. Fiorella F. Gomez, Jaime D. Babot, Gustavo A. Lovrich, Faustino Siñeriz, Osvaldo Delgado
      Pages 155-167
    6. Nelda Lila Olivera, Martín S. Iglesias, Cynthia Sequeiros
      Pages 169-184
    7. Patricia Chiacchiarini, Laura Lavalle, María Sofía Urbieta, Ricardo Ulloa, Edgardo Donati, Alejandra Giaveno
      Pages 185-204
    8. Cynthia Sequeiros, Marisa E. Garcés, Melania Fernández, Sergio F. Martínez Díaz, Diego Libkind, Nelda Lila Olivera
      Pages 205-224
    9. Danay Valdés La Hens, Bárbara M. Bravo-Ferrada, Natalia S. Brizuela, Elizabeth E. Tymczyszyn, Axel Hollmann, Lucrecia Delfederico et al.
      Pages 225-248
  4. Yeast Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. María Eugenia Rodríguez, Andrea Cecilia Origone, Melisa González Flores, Christian Ariel Lopes
      Pages 251-276
    3. Silvana María del Mónaco, Yolanda Leticia Curilén, Sebastián Mario Ezequiel Bravo, Adriana Beatriz Simes, Viviana Andrea Carreño, Ramona del Carmen Maturano et al.
      Pages 277-300

About this book


The Argentinean Patagonia offers a great diversity of scarcely explored environments suitable for the bioprospection of biotechnological relevant microorganisms. This book provides readers with a concise and clearly illustrated treatment of outstanding topics of Patagonian microbiology and biotechnology. It covers a wide range of areas interesting to several audiences such as researchers, graduate students and professionals working on the industry food. Among the main topics we will discuss examples of environmental applications, such as heavy metal and hydrocarbon bioremediation, bioprospection of valuable molecules from extremophilic bacteria and yeasts, the use of Patagonian yeasts and lactic acid bacteria in fermented foods and beverages, aquaculture probiotics and yeasts for food biopreservation.


Bioprospection Biotechnology Extremophiles Microorganisms Patagonia Yeast

Editors and affiliations

  • Nelda Lila Olivera
    • 1
  • Diego Libkind
    • 2
  • Edgardo Donati
    • 3
  1. 1.Patagonian Institute for the Study of Continental Ecosystems (IPEEC-CENPAT), National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Puerto MadrynArgentina
  2. 2.Andean-Patagonian Institute for Biological and Geoenvironmental Technologies (IPATEC) CONICETNational University of ComahueBarilocheArgentina
  3. 3.Industrial Fermentation Research and Development Center (CINDEFI)CONICET-UNLP, School of Science National University of La PlataLa PlataArgentina

About the editors

Nelda Olivera is a researcher from the CONICET of Argentina. She achieved both MSc and PhD degrees in Biology from Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina. For the last 20 years, she has been focusing her research on the biotechnological potential of microorganisms from the Argentine Patagonian region. Her research topics included microbiological soil quality indicators, hydrocarbon pollution bioremediation, enzyme and biosurfactant production and aquaculture probiotics.

Diego Libkind is a researcher from the CONICET since 2007. He achieved Licenciate degree in Biology in Universidad Nacional del Comahue and PhD degree in Biochemistry from Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. For the last 15 years, he has been focusing his research in the biodiversity and biotechnological potential of yeasts from natural environments of the Andean Argentine Patagonian. In the recent years he has focused mainly in extreme environments such as mountain lakes, high altitude phyllosphere, glaciers and volc10 already described), bioprospection of industrially relevant secondary metabolites (ex. UV protectants, antioxidants, etc) and assessment of biotechnologically interesting applications of native yeasts (brewing, probiotics, bioremediation).

Edgardo Donati is a full professor at National University of La Plata, principal researcher from CONICET, and the head of CINDEFI. He has a PhD in Chemistry from National University of La Plata. Areas of expertise are biomining, bioremediation, prokaryotic extremophiles in geothermal and mining zones. He has published more than 90 papers in biotechnology, 40 papers in science education, 6 books, and more than 25 chapters in different books. He has been supervisor of several PhD, master, and degree thesis. 



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