Microbial Factories

Biodiversity, Biopolymers, Bioactive Molecules: Volume 2

  • Vipin Chandra Kalia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Carlos F. Peña Malacara, Andrés García Romero, Modesto Millán Ponce, Tania Castillo Marenco
    Pages 11-28
  3. Parveen Kumar Sharma, Jilagamazhi Fu, Xiang Zhang, Richard Sparling, David B. Levin
    Pages 57-77
  4. Gunjan Arora, Andaleeb Sajid, Parijat Kundu, Mritunjay Saxena
    Pages 79-89
  5. Lalit K. Singh, Neha Dhasmana, Shashank S. Kamble, Aditya K. Sharma, Yogendra Singh
    Pages 91-102
  6. Neha Dhasmana, Lalit K. Singh, Shashank S. Kamble, Nishant Kumar, Yogendra Singh
    Pages 103-112
  7. Angelina, S. V. N. Vijayendra
    Pages 113-125
  8. Chiranjib Banerjee, Rajib Bandopadhyay, Puneet Kumar Singh, Harsh Kumar Agrawal, Pratyoosh Shukla
    Pages 127-138
  9. Stefania Angelini, Pierfrancesco Cerruti, Barbara Immirzi, Merima Poskovic, Gabriella Santagata, Gennaro Scarinzi et al.
    Pages 139-160
  10. Neha Dubey, Raja Singh, Aditya K. Sharma, Sharmila Basu-Modak, Yogendra Singh
    Pages 161-182
  11. Shilpi Jain, Swati Shalini
    Pages 183-192
  12. Ilaria Finore, Licia Lama, Annarita Poli, Paola Di Donato, Barbara Nicolaus
    Pages 193-216
  13. Jyoti Kushwah, Vishal Singh Somvanshi
    Pages 235-240
  14. Shashank S. Kamble, Nancy Garg, Brijendra Kumar Tiwari, Lalit K. Singh, Neha Dhasmana, Yogendra Singh
    Pages 241-257
  15. Nishant A. Dafale, Zubeen J. Hathi, Sarmistha Bit, Hemant J. Purohit
    Pages 259-280
  16. Manoj Kumar, Jitendra Kumar, Nar Singh Chauhan
    Pages 281-298
  17. Vipin Chandra Kalia, Sadhana Lal, Rashmi, Ashwini Chauhan, Goutam Bhattacharyya
    Pages 299-315
  18. Sadhana Lal, Dhananjay V. Raje, Simrita Cheema, Atya Kapley, Hemant J. Purohit, Vipin Chandra Kalia
    Pages 317-345

About this book


This book highlights the efforts made by distinguished scientific researchers world-wide to meet two key challenges: i) the limited reserves of polluting fossil fuels, and ii) the ever-increasing amounts of waste being generated. These case studies have brought to the foreground certain innovative biological solutions to real-life problems we now face on a global scale: environmental pollution and its role in deteriorating human health. The book also highlights major advances in microbial metabolisms, which can be used to produce bioenergy, biopolymers, bioactive molecules, enzymes, etc. Around the world, countries like China, Germany, France, Sweden and the US are now implementing major national programs for the production of biofuels. The book provides information on how to meet the chief technical challenges – identifying an industrially robust microbe and cheap raw material as feed. Of the various possibilities for generating bioenergy, the most attractive is the microbial production of biohydrogen, which has recently gained significant recognition worldwide, due to its high efficiency and eco-friendly nature. Further, the book highlights factors that can make these bioprocesses more economical, especially the cost of the feed. The anaerobic digestion (AD) process is more advantageous in comparison to aerobic processes for stabilizing biowastes and producing biofuels (hydrogen, biodiesel, 1,3-propanediol, methane, electricity), biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates, cellulose, exopolysaccharides) and bioactive molecules (such as enzymes, volatile fatty acids, sugars, toxins, etc.) for biotechnological and medical applications. Information is provided on how the advent of molecular biological techniques can provide greater insights into novel microbial lineages. Bioinformatic tools and metagenomic techniques have extended the limits to which these biological processes can be exploited to improve human welfare. A new dimension to these scientific works has been added by the emergence of synthetic biology. The Big Question is: How can these Microbial Factories be improved through metabolic engineering and what cost targets need to be met?


Bioenergy Biopolymers Environmental pollution Synthetic biology Waste management

Editors and affiliations

  • Vipin Chandra Kalia
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRInstitute of Genomics and Integrative BiologyDelhi University CampusIndia

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