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From Genes to Applications

  • Gloria Soberón-Chávez
  • A valuable source of information for scientists in microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology

  • Covers the current knowledge and the most recent advances in the field of microbial biosurfactants

  • Each chapter is written by one or more expert scientist working on a particular class of biosurfactants


Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Gloria Soberón-Chávez, Raina M. Maier
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ahmad Mohammad Abdel-Mawgoud, Rudolf Hausmann, Francois Lépine, Markus M. Müller, Eric Déziel
    Pages 13-55
  4. Tohey Matsuyama, Taichiro Tanikawa, Yoji Nakagawa
    Pages 93-120
  5. Zongze Shao
    Pages 121-143
  6. Inge N. A. Van Bogaert, Wim Soetaert
    Pages 179-210
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-216

About this book


Biosurfactants, tensio-active compounds produced by living cells, are now gaining increasing interest due to their potential applications in many different industrial areas in which to date almost exclusively synthetic surfactants have been used. Their unique structures and characteristics are just starting to be appreciated. In addition, biosurfactants are considered to be environmentally “friendly,” relatively non-toxic and biodegradable. This Microbiology Monographs volume deals with the most recent advances in the field of microbial biosurfactants, such as rhamnolipids, serrawettins, trehalolipids, mannosylerythritol lipids, sophorolipids, surfactin and other lipopeptides. Each chapter reviews the characteristics of an individual biosurfactant including the physicochemical properties, the chemical structures, the role in the physiology of the producing microbes, the biosynthetic pathways, the genetic regulation, and the potential biotechnological applications.


Detergence power Foaming capacity Lipopeptides Tensio-active compounds

Editors and affiliations

  • Gloria Soberón-Chávez
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. Biotecnología, Dept. Microbiologia Molecular/UNAMCuernavaca, MOR.Mexico

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biosurfactants
  • Book Subtitle From Genes to Applications
  • Editors Gloria Soberón-Chávez
  • Series Title Microbiology Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title Microbiology Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-14489-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26524-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-14490-5
  • Series ISSN 1862-5576
  • Series E-ISSN 1862-5584
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 216
  • Number of Illustrations 48 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Microbiology
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