Research and Development

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editor: Gloria Soberon-Chavez
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916974

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Biosurfactants: Research and Development provides a thorough overview of biosurfactant research and development across a range of settings and industries, highlighting the novel use of enzymes, metabolic and genetic engineering in biosurfactant production and showcasing diverse experimental models and approaches. Sections discuss fundamental characteristics of biosurfactants, their physio-chemical properties, and their differences from chemically synthesize surfactants, different research approaches for the study of known biosurfactants, and the genetic manipulation of microorganisms to increase biosurfactant productivity, or to produce molecules with improved characteristics. Throughout the book, methods and approaches are discussed in easy-to-digest formats, with methods discussed, ranging from in silico approaches to classical biocatalysis omics analysis and metabolic engineering.

Key Features

  • Provides a through overview of biosurfactant enzymes and microorganisms used in biosurfactant production
  • Features instruction in a wide range of research and development approaches, ranging from in silico techniques to classical biocatalysis omics analysis and metabolic engineering
  • Features chapter contributions from international leaders in the field


Researchers (in university and industrial settings) in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Biology, Enzymatic Catalysis, Biomaterials, Drug Discovery, Genetics, and Microbiology; Students

Table of Contents

  • I. Introductory Section
    1. The fundaments of biosurfactants
    2. New insights in biosurfactants research

    II. Novel approaches for the production and use of classic biosurfactants
    3. Marine bacteria as biosurfactants producers
    4. Are Burkholderia strains suited for rhamnolipids production?
    5. Rhamnolipids: Has the promise come true?
    6. Application biosurfactant in nanoparticle synthesis and their application in various fields
    7. Biosurfactants produced by Pseudomonas for microbial enhanced oil recovery
    8. In silico analysis of metabolic routs as a useful strategy for enhanced biosurfactants production
    9. Optimization of biosynthetic routes for enhanced biosurfactants production
    10. Biosurfactants as antifungal agents in agriculture
    11. Use of biosurfactants as food additives
    12. Novel approaches in the use of biosurfactants in the oil industry and environmental remediation
    13. Biosurfactants as a viable alternative to chemical surfactants in the cosmetic industries.

    III. Genetic manipulation and the production of novel biosurfactants
    14. Metabolic engineering of yeasts for the production of bolaform biosurfactants
    15. Metabolic engineering of Pseudomonas putida for heterologous rhamnolipid production
    16. Genome reduction as a strategy for surfactin production
    17. Metabolic engineering for biosurfactants production in Escherichia coli
    18. Multiomics analysis for enhanced glycolipids production of Starmerella bombicola
    19. Genetic manipulation of Bacillus subtilis to produce surfactin with novel properties
    20. Development of new lipopeptides using a synthetic biology approach

    IV. Use of biocatalysis for novel surfactants production
    21. Synthetic mono-rhamnolipids
    22. Novel alkyl glycosides production using enzymes
    23. Biocatalysis for the production of carbohydrate esters
    24. The use of biocatalysis for rhamnolipids production

    V. Concluding remarks
    25. Challenges and future prospects in biosurfactant research
    26. Challenges and future prospects in biosurfactant research

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916974

About the Editor

Gloria Soberon-Chavez

Gloria Soberón-Chávez is a Professor and Senior Researcher at the Biomedical Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. She obtained her PhD in 1986 from UNAM Basic Biomedical Research Program and has been a researcher in this university ever since, working with different bacterial models such as Rhizobium etli, Azotobacter vinelandii and P. aeruginosa among others. Dr. Soberón-Chávez has around ninety publications in peer reviewed scientific journals such as Proceeding of the National Academy Science USA, Trends in Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology, BMC-Genomics, and Microbial Biotechnology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Senior Researcher, Institute of Biomedical Investigation, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico

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