Polyhydroxyalkanoates from Palm Oil: Biodegradable Plastics

  • Kumar Sudesh

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Microbiology book series (BRIEFSMICROBIOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kumar Sudesh
    Pages 1-2
  3. Kumar Sudesh
    Pages 3-36
  4. Kumar Sudesh
    Pages 79-100
  5. Kumar Sudesh
    Pages 101-102
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 103-130

About this book


The environmental problems caused by petroleum-based plastic and plastic waste have led to an increasing demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics, such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). These polyesters are synthesized from carbon sources, e.g. sugar and plant oils, by various bacteria. This book highlights the potential of plant oils, especially palm oil, as a feedstock for PHA production. In addition, new PHA applications are discussed and the sustainability of PHA production from plant oils is critically examined.


Microorganisms PHA Palm oil Polyhydroxyalkanoate Polymers Sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  • Kumar Sudesh
    • 1
  1. 1., School of Biological SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-33538-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-33539-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5385
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5393
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