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Microbial Biotechnology
Progress and Trends

ISBN 9781138748699
Published July 26, 2017 by CRC Press
380 Pages 22 Color & 95 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description


Incorporates the Experiences of World-Class Researchers

Microbial Biotechnology: Progress and Trends offers a theoretical take on topics that relate to microbial biotechnology. The text uses the "novel experimental experiences" of various contributors from around the world—designed as case studies—to highlight relevant topics, issues, and recent developments surrounding this highly interdisciplinary field. It factors in metagenomics and microbial biofuels production, and incorporates major contributions from a wide range of disciplines that include microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemical engineering, and bioprocess engineering. In addition, it also provides a variety of photos, diagrams, and tables to help illustrate the material.

The book consists of 15 chapters and contains subject matter that addresses:

  •  Microbial biotechnology from its historical roots to its different processes
  •  Some of the new developments in upstream processes
  •  Solid-state fermentation as an interesting field in modern fermentation processes
  •  Recent developments in the production of valuable microbial products such as biofuels, organic acids, amino acids, probiotics, healthcare products, and edible biomass
  •  Important microbial activities such as biofertilizer, biocontrol, biodegradation, and bioremediation

Students, scientists, and researchers can benefit from Microbial Biotechnology: Progress and Trends, a resource that addresses biotechnology, applied microbiology, bioprocess/fermentation technology, healthcare/pharmaceutical products, food innovations/food processing, plant agriculture/crop improvement, energy and environment management, and all disciplines related to microbial biotechnology.

Table of Contents

Microbial biotechnology: An introduction; Farshad Darvishi Harzevili

Screening of microbial metabolites and bioactive components; Ram Baskaran, PM Mohan, S Ganesamoorthy, and Ashok Kumar

Metagenomics as advanced screening methods for novel microbial metabolites; Sakshi Sharma and Jyoti Vakhlu

Genetic engineering of nonconventional yeasts for the production of valuable compounds; Andriy Sibirny, Catherine Madzak, and Patrick Fickers

Induced anhydrobiosis: Powerful method for preservation of industrial microorganisms; Armando Hernández García

Recent developments in solid-state fermentation: Chinese herbs as substrate; Hongzhang Chen and Guanhua Li

Microbial biofuels production; Anoop Singh and Poonam Singh Nigam

Microbial production of organic acids; Sarafadeen Olateju Kareem and Temitope Banjo

Microbial amino acids production; Zafar Alam Mahmood

Probiotics: The possible alternative to disease chemotherapy; Adel M Mahasneh and Muna M Abbas

Microbial healthcare products; Zafar Alam Mahmood and Saad Bin Zafar Mahmood

Microbial biomass production; Ashok Kumar

Microbial biofertilizers and their pilot-scale production; Santosh Kumar Sethi, Jayanti Kumari Sahu, and Siba Prasad Adhikary

Bacterial biocontrol agents; Rikita Gupta and Jyoti Vakhlu

Microbial biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; Pankaj Kumar Jain


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Dr. Farshad Darvishi Harzevili was born in Harzevil town, Gilan Province, Iran. He is a graduate of BSc biology at the University of Guilan. He earned his MSc and PhD in industrial microbiology and microbial biotechnology from the University of Isfahan. He is now a faculty member and head of the microbial biotechnology and bioprocess engineering (MBBE) group at the University of Maragheh. His main interest is in the biotechnological and environmental applications of yeasts to the production of biotechnologically valuable products. He is also interested in the expression of heterologous proteins, metabolic engineering, and the synthetic biology of yeasts.

Dr. Hongzhang Chen is a graduate of Naning Forest University. He received his master’s degree in microbiology from Shandong University in 1991, and then obtained his PhD in biochemical engineering from the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998. He is now a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is vice director of the State Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering. His research is focused on ecological biochemical engineering and biomass refining engineering. Currently, his research explores new types of solid-state fermentation techniques, devices and processes, and clean fractionation using steam explosion techniques for efficient pretreatment in cellulose conversion to useful biorenewable materials.