About this Research Topic
Currently, microbial biosurfactants are experiencing a remarkable renaissance. Increasing availability on a large-scale commercial level, such as sophorolipids (SL), manosyslyerithrol lipids (MEL), rhamnolipids (RL), and surfactin (derived from industrial fermentation of renewable raw materials), has facilitated research on their industrial applications. Research on glycolipid biosurfactant development and applications is also currently a major area of focus. Biosurfactants also offer great potential in overcoming environmental and sustainability issues - they are generally considered to be readily biodegradable, non-aqua-toxic, and produced from renewable raw materials.
The aim of this Research Topic is to present the current advances in biotechnology and applications of microbial biosurfactants to present a picture of the state of the art in science and technology in this field. The collection welcomes submissions related, but not limited, to:
• Commercial applications of biosurfactants
• Scale-up of biosurfactant production from research to industrial levels and techno-economic challenges
• Applications of biosurfactants in environmental remediation
• Biosurfactant production from renewable substrates, 'waste' valorization, and sustainability challenges
This Research Topic is linked to the second Biosurfactants International Conference 2022 which took place on from September 28th - 30th, 2022 in Stuttgart Hohenheim, Germany.
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