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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(1), 633-654; doi:10.3390/ijms12010633

Environmental Applications of Biosurfactants: Recent Advances

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Department of Microbiology, Silesian University, Jagiellońska 28 street, 40-032 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Environmental Microbiology, Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Kossutha 6 street, 40-844 Katowice, Poland
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Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector 39A, Chandigarh-160036, India
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Received: 30 November 2010 / Revised: 8 December 2010 / Accepted: 10 January 2011 / Published: 18 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biosurfactants)
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Abstract

Increasing public awareness of environmental pollution influences the search and development of technologies that help in clean up of organic and inorganic contaminants such as hydrocarbons and metals. An alternative and eco-friendly method of remediation technology of environments contaminated with these pollutants is the use of biosurfactants and biosurfactant-producing microorganisms. The diversity of biosurfactants makes them an attractive group of compounds for potential use in a wide variety of industrial and biotechnological applications. The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive overview of advances in the applications of biosurfactants and biosurfactant-producing microorganisms in hydrocarbon and metal remediation technologies.
Keywords: biosurfactants; hydrocarbons; metals; remediation technologies biosurfactants; hydrocarbons; metals; remediation technologies
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Pacwa-Płociniczak, M.; Płaza, G.A.; Piotrowska-Seget, Z.; Cameotra, S.S. Environmental Applications of Biosurfactants: Recent Advances. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 633-654.

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