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Microbial biosurfactants: challenges and opportunities for future exploitation

Marchant, R and Banat, Ibrahim (2012) Microbial biosurfactants: challenges and opportunities for future exploitation. Trends in Biotechnology, 30 (11). pp. 558-565. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2012.07.003


The drive for industrial sustainability has pushed biosurfactants to the top of the agenda of many companies. Biosurfactants offer the possibility of replacing chemical surfactants, produced from nonrenewable resources, with alternatives produced from cheap renewable feedstocks.Biosurfactants are also attractive because they are less damaging to the environment yet are robust enough for industrial use. The most promising biosurfactants at the present time are the glycolipids, sophorolipids produced by Candida yeasts, mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) produced by Pseudozyma yeasts, and rhamnolipids produced by Pseudomonas. Despite thecurrent enthusiasm for these compounds several residual problems remain. This review highlights remaining problems and indicates the prospects for imminent commercial exploitation of a new generation of microbial biosurfactants.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
ID Code:23659
Deposited By: Professor Ibrahim Banat
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 08:12
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:07

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