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Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology

Biopolyesters

Editors: Babel, Wolfgang, Steinbüchel, Alexander (Eds.)

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Living systems synthesize seven different classes of polymers. They provide structure and form for cells and organisms, function as catalysts and energy storage and carry the genetic information. All these polymers possess technically interesting properties. Some of these biopolymers are already used commercially. This special volume of Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology comprises 10 chapters. It gives an overview of the water insoluble biopolyesters, in particular of the microbially synthesized poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) family. It reports the state of the art of metabolism, regulation and genetic background, the latest advances made in genetic optimization of bacteria, "construction" of transgenic plants and in vitro synthesis by means of purified enzymes. Furthermore, it describes relevant technologies and evaluates perspectives concerning increasing the economic viability and competitiveness of PHA and discusses applications in medicine, packaging, food and other fields.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Polyesters in Higher Plants

    Pages 1-49

    Kolattukudy, Pappachan E.

  • Polyesters from Microorganisms

    Pages 51-79

    Kim, Young Baek (et al.)

  • Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Microbial Synthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoates in Microorganisms

    Pages 81-123

    Steinbüchel, Alexander (et al.)

  • Physiology, Regulation, and Limits of the Synthesis of Poly(3HB)

    Pages 125-157

    Babel, Wolfgang (et al.)

  • Production of Microbial Polyesters: Fermentation and Downstream Processes

    Pages 159-182

    Kessler, B. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biopolyesters
Editors
  • Wolfgang Babel
  • Alexander Steinbüchel
Series Title
Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
Series Volume
71
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-40021-9
DOI
10.1007/3-540-40021-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-41141-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-14688-0
Series ISSN
0724-6145
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 342
Number of Illustrations
62 b/w illustrations
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