1st Edition

Bacterial Biopolymers

By Bolin Kumar Konwar Copyright 2024
    224 Pages 14 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    224 Pages 14 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Bacterial biopolymers are a competitive new area of research with potential applications in agriculture, petroleum exploration, and use as biodegradable plastics. This new volume provides comprehensive coverage of bacterial biopolymers. The book elucidates the main classes of bacterial biopolymers—polysaccharides and polyesters or polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)—along with their definition, classification, detection, extraction, characterization, fermentation process, structure and properties, applications and uses, functions, and more.

    The volume covers

    • Detection, extraction, and characterization of bacterial biopolymers
    • Molecular identification of bacterial isolates
    • The fermentation process
    • Structure and properties of PHAs
    • Biochemical characterization of the PHA-producing bacterial strains
    • In vitro biodegradation study of PHA film by soil microorganisms
    • PHAs for enhancing the stability of colloidal silver nanoparticles (SNP)

    This volume is an important source of information on the concerned bacteria, the biochemical characteristics of biopolymers, and their potential use.

    1. Introduction

    2. Biopolymers and Their Classification

    3. Bacterial Polymers

    4. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)

    5. Classification of PHAs

    6. Detection, Extraction, and Characterization of PHAs

    7. Molecular Identification of Bacterial Isolates

    8. The Fermentation Process

    9. Structure and Properties of PHAs

    10. Biochemical Characterization of the PHA-Producing Bacterial Strains

    11. Application of PHAs

    12. Biopolymer-Producing Bacteria and Genes

    13. In Vitro Biodegradation Study of PHA Film by Soil Microorganisms

    14. PHAs for Enhancing the Stability of Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles (SNP)

    15. Conclusion


    Bolin Kumar Konwar, PhD, was Dean, School of Science and Technology and Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University (Central) India. He also headed the ONGC-sponsored Centre for Petroleum Biotechnology, DBT (Govt of India)-sponsored MSc biotechnology program, and the Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF). He was formerly the Vice Chancellor at Nagaland University (Central), Nagaland, India, and also served at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, in several capacities in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. He was also a Senior Scientist and Head of Botany and Biotechnology at the Tocklai Experimental Station, Tea Research Association, Jorhat, Assam, India. A prolific author and researcher, Dr. Konwar has carried out research projects of national importance. He and his research group have to date deposited 11 gene (DNA) sequences in gene banks and have published over 200 research papers in international journals, seminars, and conference proceedings. He has written on popular science, environment, biotechnology, history, national integration, higher education, research needs, and more. Other books by Dr. Konwar are Lipase: An Industrial Enzyme through Metagenomics and Bacterial Biosurfactants: Isolation, Purification, Characterization, and Industrial Applications (Apple Academic Press); Prospects of Microbe and Medicinal Plant Resources; Medicinal Plant Repertoire: A Perspective of Biogeographical Gateway of India; as well as several published in the Assamese language.