Microbial alginate production, modification and its applications

Iain D. Hay, Zahid Ur Rehman, M. Fata Moradali, Yajie Wang, Bernd H A Rehm

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Alginate is an important polysaccharide used widely in the food, textile, printing and pharmaceutical industries for its viscosifying, and gelling properties. All commercially produced alginates are isolated from farmed brown seaweeds. These algal alginates suffer from heterogeneity in composition and material properties. Here, we will discuss alginates produced by bacteria; the molecular mechanisms involved in their biosynthesis; and the potential to utilize these bacterially produced or modified alginates for high-value applications where defined material properties are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-650
Number of pages14
JournalMicrobial Biotechnology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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