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Bacillus thuringiensis Biotechnology

Editors: Sansinenea, Estibaliz (Ed.)

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Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) has been used as a biopesticide in agriculture, forestry and mosquito control because of its advantages of specific toxicity against target insects, lack of polluting residues and safety to non-target organisms. The insecticidal properties of this bacterium are due to insecticidal proteins produced during sporulation. Despite these ecological benefits, the use of Bt biopesticides has lagged behind the synthetic chemicals. Genetic improvement of Bt natural strains, in particular Bt recombination, offers a promising means of improving efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Bt-based bioinsecticide products to develop new biotechnological applications. On the other hand, the different Bacillus species have important biotechnological applications; one of them is carried out by producing secondary metabolites, which are the study object of natural product chemistry. The amazing structural variability of these compounds has attracted the curiosity of chemists and the biological activities possessed by natural products have inspired the pharmaceutical industry to search for lead structures in microbial extracts. Screening of microbial extracts reveals the large structural diversity of natural compounds with broad biological activities, such as antimicrobial, antiviral, immunosuppressive, and antitumor activities that enable the bacterium to survive in its natural environment. These findings widen the target range of Bacillus spp., in special B. thuringiensis, besides insecticidal activity and help people to better understand its role in soil ecosystem.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Discovery and Description of Bacillus thuringiensis

    Sansinenea, Estibaliz

    Pages 3-18

  • Bacillus thuringiensis Applications in Agriculture

    George, Zenas (et al.)

    Pages 19-39

  • Risk Assessment of Bt Transgenic Crops

    Kaur, Sarvjeet

    Pages 41-85

  • Use and Efficacy of Bt Compared to Less Environmentally Safe Alternatives

    Abdullah, Mohd Amir Fursan

    Pages 87-92

  • Protein Engineering of Bacillus thuringiensis δ-Endotoxins

    Florez, Alvaro M. (et al.)

    Pages 93-113

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bacillus thuringiensis Biotechnology
Editors
  • Estibaliz Sansinenea
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-3021-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-3021-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-3020-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9950-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 392
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