Biology of Rhodococcus

  • Héctor M. Alvarez

Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Iain C. Sutcliffe, Alistair K. Brown, Lynn G. Dover
    Pages 29-71
  3. Michael J. Larkin, Leonid A. Kulakov, Christopher C. R. Allen
    Pages 73-90
  4. Carla C. C. R. de Carvalho
    Pages 109-131
  5. Katherine C. Yam, Robert van der Geize, Lindsay D. Eltis
    Pages 133-169
  6. Ludmila Martínková, Miroslav Pátek, Alicja Barbara Veselá, Ondřej Kaplan, Bronislava Uhnáková, Jan Nešvera
    Pages 171-206
  7. Maria S. Kuyukina, Irena B. Ivshina
    Pages 231-262
  8. Elisabeth Stes, Marcelle Holsters, Danny Vereecke
    Pages 315-329
  9. José A. Vázquez-Boland, Michal Letek, Ana Valero-Rello, Patricia González, Mariela Scortti, Ursula Fogarty
    Pages 331-359
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 361-365

About this book


Rhodococcus, a metabolically versatile actinobacteria which is frequently found in the environment, has gained increasing interest due to its potential biotechnological applications. This Microbiology Monographs volume provides a thorough review of the various aspects of the biochemistry, physiology and genetics of the Genus Rhodococcus. Following an overview of its taxonomy, chapters cover the structural aspects of rhodococcal cellular envelope, genomes and plasmids, metabolic and catabolic pathways, such as those of aromatic compounds, steroids and nitriles, and desulfurization pathways, as well as the adaption to organic solvents. Further reviews discuss applications of Rhodococcus in the bioremediation of contaminated environments, in triacylglycerol accumulation, and in phytopathogenic strategies, as well as the potential of biosurfactants. A final chapter describes the sole pathogenic Rhodococcus member, R. equi.


Bacterial catabolism Bacterial metabolism Bioremediation Biosurfactants Biotransformation Cell envelope Pathogen Triacylglycerol accumulation biochemistry chemistry metabolism microbiology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Héctor M. Alvarez
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. Ciencias Naturales, Depto. BioquimicaUniversidad Nacional de la PatagoniaComodoro RivadaviaArgentina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12936-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12937-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1862-5576
  • Series Online ISSN 1862-5584
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