2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/20392
Title:
Bacterial synthesis of biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates.
Authors:
Verlinden, Rob A. J.; Hill, David J.; Kenward, M.A.; Williams, Craig D.; Radecka, Izabela
Abstract:
Various bacterial species accumulate intracellular polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) granules as energy and carbon reserves inside their cells. PHAs are biodegradable, environmentally friendly and biocompatible thermoplastics. Varying in toughness and flexibility, depending on their formulation, they can be used in various ways similar to many nonbiodegradable petrochemical plastics currently in use. They can be used either in pure form or as additives to oil-derived plastics such as polyethylene. However, these bioplastics are currently far more expensive than petrochemically based plastics and are therefore used mostly in applications that conventional plastics cannot perform, such as medical applications. PHAs are immunologically inert and are only slowly degraded in human tissue, which means they can be used as devices inside the body. Recent research has focused on the use of alternative substrates, novel extraction methods, genetically enhanced species and mixed cultures with a view to make PHAs more commercially attractive.
Citation:
Journal of Applied Microbiology, 102(6): 1437-1449
Publisher:
Wiley InterScience
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/20392
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2672.2007.03335.x
PubMed ID:
17578408
Additional Links:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118490442/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1364-5072
Appears in Collections:
Agriculture Research Group

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorVerlinden, Rob A. J.-
dc.contributor.authorHill, David J.-
dc.contributor.authorKenward, M.A.-
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Craig D.-
dc.contributor.authorRadecka, Izabela-
dc.date.accessioned2008-03-12T09:44:52Z-
dc.date.available2008-03-12T09:44:52Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Applied Microbiology, 102(6): 1437-1449en
dc.identifier.issn1364-5072-
dc.identifier.pmid17578408-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2672.2007.03335.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/20392-
dc.description.abstractVarious bacterial species accumulate intracellular polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) granules as energy and carbon reserves inside their cells. PHAs are biodegradable, environmentally friendly and biocompatible thermoplastics. Varying in toughness and flexibility, depending on their formulation, they can be used in various ways similar to many nonbiodegradable petrochemical plastics currently in use. They can be used either in pure form or as additives to oil-derived plastics such as polyethylene. However, these bioplastics are currently far more expensive than petrochemically based plastics and are therefore used mostly in applications that conventional plastics cannot perform, such as medical applications. PHAs are immunologically inert and are only slowly degraded in human tissue, which means they can be used as devices inside the body. Recent research has focused on the use of alternative substrates, novel extraction methods, genetically enhanced species and mixed cultures with a view to make PHAs more commercially attractive.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley InterScienceen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118490442/abstracten
dc.subjectBacterial speciesen
dc.subjectSynthesisen
dc.subjectPolyhydroxyalkanoatesen
dc.subject.meshBacteriaen
dc.subject.meshBiocompatible Materialsen
dc.subject.meshBiodegradation, Environmentalen
dc.subject.meshBiotechnologyen
dc.subject.meshCarbonen
dc.subject.meshFermentationen
dc.subject.meshHydroxybutyratesen
dc.subject.meshIndustrial Microbiologyen
dc.subject.meshMetabolic Networks and Pathwaysen
dc.subject.meshModels, Biologicalen
dc.subject.meshPlasticsen
dc.subject.meshPolyestersen
dc.titleBacterial synthesis of biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates.en
dc.typeArticleen

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