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Springer Handbook of Marine Biotechnology

Editors: Kim, Se-Kwon (Ed.)

  • A research- and application-oriented handbook of marine biotechnology
  • Describes the state-of-the-art in methods, products and applications of marine biotechnology
  • An authoritative desk-reference for scientists and practitioners in all fields of marine biotechnology
  • Covers all relevant aspects: from the sources and tools for isolating marine bioproducts, over their production, to applications e.g. in pharmacy or for the production of bioenergy
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About this book

This Springer Handbook provides, for the first time, a complete and consistent overview over the methods, applications, and products in the field of marine biotechnology. A large portion of the surface of the earth (ca. 70%) is covered by the oceans. More than 80% of the living organisms on the earth are found in aquatic ecosystems. The aquatic systems thus constitute a rich reservoir for various chemical materials and (bio-)chemical processes.

Edited by a renowned expert with a longstanding experience, and including over 60 contributions from leading international scientists, the Springer Handbook of Marine Biotechnology is a major authoritative desk reference for everyone interested or working in the field of marine biotechnology and bioprocessing - from undergraduate and graduate students, over scientists and teachers, to professionals.

Marine biotechnology is concerned with the study of biochemical materials and processes from marine sources, that play a vital role in the isolation of novel drugs, and to bring them to industrial and pharmaceutical development. Today, a multitude of bioprocess techniques is employed to isolate and produce marine natural compounds, novel biomaterials, or proteins and enzymes from marine organisms, and to bring them to applications as pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals or nutraceuticals, or for the production of bioenergy from marine sources. All these topics are addressed by the Springer Handbook of Marine Biotechnology.

The book is divided into ten parts. Each part is consistently organized, so that the handbook provides a sound introduction to marine biotechnology - from historical backgrounds and the fundamentals, over the description of the methods and technology, to their applications - but it can also be used as a reference work.

Key topics include:
- Marine flora and fauna
- Tools and methods in marine biotechnology
- Marine genomics
- Marine microbiology
- Bioenergy and biofuels
- Marine bioproducts in industrial applications
- Marine bioproducts in medical and pharmaceutical applications
- and many more...

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Se-Kwon Kim has more than 40 years of experience as a marine biochemist, working in the field of marine bioprocess and biotechnology. He holds a professorship of marine biochemistry at the Pukyong National University, Pusan, South Korea and is the director of the Marine Bioprocess Research Center in Pusan, Korea. Prof. Kim obtained his PhD from the Pukyong National University, before joining the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA) for postdoctoral research. In 1999-2000, he has been visiting professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. To date, his research has been documented in more than 450 original research papers, 76 patents and several books.

Prof. Kim's major research interests are bioactive substances derived from marine organisms and their various applications (e.g. as pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals or for dietary supplements).


“Marine Biotech‘s key aims is ‘to be useful as readable desk reference book to give a fast and comprehensive overview and easy retrieval of essential reliable key information, including tables, graphs, and bibliographies.’ … It is therefore important to have books such as Marine Biotech to present the drawing together of information about specific research to give the non-specialist that necessary topical overview and updating.” (Nigel Chaffey, Annals of Botany, aobblog.com, April, 2016)


Table of contents (66 chapters)

  • Introduction to Marine Biotechnology

    Kim, Se-Kwon (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Marine Fungal Diversity and Bioprospecting

    Kalaiselvam, Murugaiyan

    Pages 13-25

  • Diversity of Marine Phototorophs

    Miyashita, Hideaki

    Pages 27-34

  • Marine Viruses

    Subbiah, Jeeva

    Pages 35-49

  • Marine Microalgae

    Matsunaga, Tadashi (et al.)

    Pages 51-63

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Springer Handbook of Marine Biotechnology
  • Se-Kwon Kim
Series Title
Springer Handbooks
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Mehul Book Sales, Mumbai, India
eBook ISBN
Hardcover ISBN
Edition Number
Number of Pages
XLVI, 1512
Number of Illustrations and Tables
80 b/w illustrations, 500 illustrations in colour