Microbial Biotechnology - Fundamentals of Applied Microbiology

Alexander N. Glazer and Hiroshi Nikaido 
Cambridge University Press  October 2007  

Hardback  576 pp  ISBN 9780521842105      £38.00
Knowledge in microbiology is growing exponentially through the determination of genomic sequences of hundreds of microorganisms and the invention of new technologies such as genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics, to deal with this avalanche of information. These genomic data are now exploited in thousands of applications, ranging from those in medicine, agriculture, organic chemistry, public health, biomass conversion, to biomining. Microbial Biotechnology.

Fundamentals of Applied Microbiology focuses on uses of major societal importance, enabling an in-depth analysis of these critically important applications. Some, such as wastewater treatment, have changed only modestly over time, others, such as directed molecular evolution, or €green€ chemistry, are as current as today's headlines. This fully revised second edition provides an exciting interdisciplinary journey through the rapidly changing landscape of discovery in microbial biotechnology.

An ideal text for courses in applied microbiology and biotechnology courses, this book will also serve as an invaluable overview of recent advances in this field for professional life scientists and for the diverse community of other professionals with interests in biotechnology.

  • The book focuses on successful applications of microbial biotechnology in areas of major societal importance
  • Detailed case studies are drawn from diverse areas such as medicine, agriculture, synthetic organic chemistry, energy and environment
  • The book employs a broad interdisciplinary approach with emphasis on describing new concepts and techniques


  • Preamble;
  • Microbial diversity;
  • Microbial biotechnology, scope, techniques and examples;
  • Production of proteins in bacteria and yeast;
  • The world of 'omics' - genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics;
  • Recombinant and synthetic vaccines;
  • Plant-microbe interactions;
  • Microbial insecticides;
  • Microbial polysaccharides and polyesters;
  • Amino acids;
  • Antibiotics;
  • Biocatalysis in organic chemistry;
  • Biomass;
  • Ethanol;
  • Environmental applications.
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