1st Edition

Bacterial Biosurfactants
Isolation, Purification, Characterization, and Industrial Applications

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after November 1, 2021
ISBN 9781774630563
November 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Apple Academic Press
315 Pages 19 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations

USD $169.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This new volume offers comprehensive coverage of bacterial biosurfactants, the competitive new area of research that has exciting potential application in agriculture and petroleum exploration. The book helps readers to understand the synthesis of biosurfactants by some specific bacteria, their culture, and extraction toward the use in bioremediation and enhanced crude oil recovery.

The volume covers to the gamut of topics in bacterial biosurfactants in nanostructure, including their comparison to synthetic surfactants, their interaction with microorganisms, their biochemistry, characterization, genetics of production, bioremedial effects, and more. The volume also explores the myriad uses of bacterial biosurfactants in many sectors, including laundry detergents, cosmetics, food, petroleum, agriculture, medical and therapeutics, environment, metallurgy, etc.

Attention to biosurfactants has been gradually increasing in recent years due to the possibility of their production through fermentation technology and their potential applications in environmental protection. In spite of the numerous advantages over the synthetic chemical surfactants, biosurfactants have been unable to compete with chemically synthesized surfactants due to their high production costs in relation to the inefficient bioprocessing techniques, poor strain productivity, and use of costly substrates. The success of biosurfactant production depends on the development of cheaper processes and the use of low-cost raw materials. This volume helps to identify the factors that need to be addressed to reduce the cost of production of biosurfactants, such as microorganisms, processes, growth substrate for process feed stocks, and the process byproducts.

With this volume, Bacterial Biosurfactants: Isolation, Purification, Characterization, and Industrial Applications, scholars will be encouraged to take up meaningful research in the area; teachers will find the book to be helpful in elucidating the intricacies of bacterial biosurfactant production and use; and researchers will find the procedures described in the book helpful in deriving potential results.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Biosurfactants

3. Microorganisms and Their Interaction with Biosurfactants

4. Biosurfactants and Their Biochemistry

5. Genetics of Biosurfactant Production

6. Biosurfactant-Producing Microorganisms

7. Applications of Biosurfactants

8. Role of Biosurfactants in Producing Bacteria

9. Use of Hydrocarbons from the Environment by Biosurfactant-Producing Bacteria

10. Physical Characteristics of Biosurfactants

11. Characterization of Biosurfactant-Producing Bacteria

12. Bacterial Strains and Biosurfactants in Bioremediation

13. Separation of Crude Oil by Biosurfactant from Contaminated Soil and Petroleum Sludge

14. Bioremediation with Bacterial Biosurfactants and Their Biological Activity

15. Biosurfactants in Nanostructures

16. Conclusions

View More



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 an 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, Assam from 1984–1995 as Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and Associate in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. He was Senior Scientist and Head of Botany and Biotechnology at the Tocklai Experimental Station, Tea Res Association, Jorhat, Assam, India, from 1995–2002. He carried out research projects of national importance as the Principal Investigator and supervised many students on research projects, with 15 students earning PhDs to date. He and his research group so far deposited 11 gene (DNA) sequences in gene banks, and his research group has published over 214 research papers in international journals, seminars, and conference proceedings, and have presented 80 research papers at seminars and conferences in India and abroad. Dr. Konwar has published more than 200 articles on popular science, environment, biotechnology, history, national integration, higher education, research needs, etc., in various Assamese magazines and newspapers, as well as more than 40 scientific articles in national English magazines in addition to five books, three booklets, and 21 book chapters. Other books by Dr. Konwar are Lipase: An Industrial Enzyme through Metagenomics (Apple Academic Press); Prospects of Microbe and Medicinal Plant Resources; Medicinal Plant Repertoire: A Perspective of Biogeographical Gateway of India; Joimati–Gadapani: Ek Amar Dampatya Premgatha; and Deshapremi Pariyal: Barbaruah Barphukan (in Assamese). Dr. Konwar earned a DIC in Microbiology and PhD in Plant Biotechnology at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London.