Microbial surfactants ? synthesis and commercial applications
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This article reviews the information from the last decade in the world literature on microbial biosurfactants. Biosurfactants classification, kinetics of production and factors affecting synthesis of these compounds are described. Special emphasis is put on the natural roles played by surface active agents in the growth microorganisms which produce them. The development of biosurfactants genetics is presented and their potential commercial use is discussed.
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K. Paraszkiewicz, Katedra Mikrobiologii Przemyslowej i Biotechnologii, Uniwersytet Lodzki, ul. Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Lodz, Poland