Special Issue "Chitin, Chitosan and Related Enzymes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2015)
Prof. Massimiliano Fenice
Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche (DEB), Laboratorio di Microbiologia e Microbiologia Marina Applicata (CoNISMa), Viterbo, Italy
Interests: production and characterization of microbial enzymes (chitinolytic enzymes in particular); biodiversity of microorganisms from extreme environments; microbial treatment of wastes and wastewater; optimization of microbial bioprocesses (fermentations)
Chitin (chitosan is a deacetylated derived of chitin) represents, after cellulose, the most abundant natural polysaccharide. For their peculiar physicochemical and biological properties (i.e., bioactivity, biocompatibility and biodegradability), chitin and, mainly, chitosan, oriented a great deal of original research and applications in biotechnology, medicine, and agriculture. The research on chitin, chitosan, and related enzymes attracted a great deal of researchers, leading to the institution of international societies, and many conferences devoted to study of this specific research field. Although extensive basic and application studies have been performed to explore the potential of these natural polymers, products based on these polymers enter the market slowly due to various technological and economic problems. However, things are changing rapidly and there is still room for interesting research novelties. This Special Issue is aimed to provide a framework for the dissemination of the “state-of-the-art” regarding the most advanced studies and applications of chitin, chitosan, and related enzymes. The main topics of this Special issue will be: the physics, chemistry, and biochemistry of chitin and chitosan; chitin, chitosan, and chitin-derivatives production; applications of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives; and the bio-synthesis and bio-degradation of chitin and chitosan.
Prof. Massimiliano Fenice
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- chitin derivatives
- chitinolytic enzymes
- chitinolytic organisms