Comprehensive Biotechnology, 2nd edition


  • Murray Moo-Young, University of Waterloo, Canada


  • Michael Butler, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Colin Webb, University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
  • Antonio Moreira, University of Maryland, Baltimore, U.S.A.
  • Bernard Grodzinski, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
  • Z.F. Cui, Dept. of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K.
  • Spiros Agathos, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belguim

The second edition of Comprehensive Biotechnology continues the tradition of the first inclusive work on this dynamic field by presenting up-to-date and essential entries on the principles and practice of biotechnology. The integration of the latest relevant science and industry practice with fundamental biotechnology concepts is presented with entries from internationally recognized world-leaders in their given fields. With two volumes covering basic fundamentals, and four volumes of applications, from environmental biotechnology and safety to medical biotechnology and healthcare, this work serves the needs of newcomers as well as established experts combining the latest relevant science and industry practice in a manageable format.

Imprint: Pergamon

Available volumes


  • "It would be very difficult to thoroughly cover the scope of biotechnology in one book. But this new edition of Comprehensive Biotechnology (1st ed., 1989) accomplishes what the title claims; the six-volume set provides detailed synopses of the applications, instruments, methodologies, and principles of modern biotechnology. Volume 1 provides the science background needed to understand biotechnology; it covers the essential biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, and computer science used in biotechnology applications and research. An explanation of engineering principles relevant to biotechnology follows in volume 2. The authors focus on engineering concepts appropriate to biotechnology product manufacturing. The third volume builds on the first two volumes in its coverage of biotechnology applications in industry and commodity products, including coverage of food ingredients, clinical products, and specialty chemicals.  Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals."--CHOICE


  • Volume 1 Scientific fundamentals of biotechnology (edited by Michael Butler)
    Section 1. The biochemical basis
    Section 2. The biological basis
    Section 3. The genetic basis
    Section 4. Systems biology
    Section 5. The metabolic basis
    Section 6. The biophysical basis
    Section 7. The computational basis
    Section 8. Analysis and control

    Volume 2 Engineering fundamentals of biotechnology (edited by Colin Webb)
    Section 1. Underlying principles
    Section 2. Upstream processing
    Section 3. Bioreactors
    Section 4. Bioreactions and bioreactor operation
    Section 5. Downstream processing and product recovery
    Section 6. Process considerations
    Section 7. Other considerations

    Volume 3 Industrial biotechnology and commodity products (edited by Antonio Moreira)
    Section 1.Bulk commodities (Industrial enzymes; Biofuels and bioenergy; Bio-based chemicals; Biomaterials)
    Section 2. Healthcare products
    Section 3. Food ingredients
    Section 4. Other considerations

    Volume 4: Agricultural and related biotechnologies (edited by Bernard Grodzinski)
    Section 1.Plant systems
    Section 2.Animal systems
    Section 3. Food systems
    Section 4. Integration of biotechnologies
    Section 5. Socio-economic considerations

    Volume 5: Medical biotechnology and healthcare (edited by Z.F. Cui)
    Section 1. Enabling technology
    Section 2. Tissue engineering and stem cell therapy
    Section 3. Biopharmaceuticals, in vitro drug testing and drug delivery
    Section 4. Artificial organs and life support devices

    Volume 6: Environmental biotechnology and safety (edited by Spiros Agathos)
    Section 1. Industrial and toxic wastes
    Section 2. Municipal wastes
    Section 3. Wastes from agriculture, forestry and food processing
    Section 4. Other considerations


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