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The Role of Biosurfactants in the Continued Drive for Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Science and Engineering, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9, Canada
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4817; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124817
Received: 21 November 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 17 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Sustainability and Applications)
Biosurfactants are microbial products that have been increasingly researched due to their many identified advantages, such as low toxicity and high activity at extreme temperatures, but more importantly, they are biodegradable and compatible with the environment. Biosurfactants are versatile products with vast applications in the clean-up of environmental pollutants through biodegradation and bioremediation. They also have applications in the food, pharmaceutical, and other industries. These advantages and wide range of applications have led to the continued interest in biosurfactants. In particular, there is a growing discussion around environmental sustainability and the important role that biosurfactants will increasingly play in the near future, for example, via the use of renewable by-products as substrates, waste reduction, and potential reuse of the treated waste. This has resulted in increased attention on these microbial products in industry. Research highlighting the potential of biosurfactants in environmental sustainability is required to drive efforts to make biosurfactants more viable for commercial and large-scale applications; making them available, cheaper and economically sustainable. The present review discusses the unique relationship between biosurfactants and environmental sustainability, especially the role that biosurfactants play in the clean-up of environmental pollutants and, therefore, increasing environmental protection. View Full-Text
Keywords: biosurfactants; sustainability; environmental pollution; bioremediation; biodegradation biosurfactants; sustainability; environmental pollution; bioremediation; biodegradation
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Olasanmi, I.O.; Thring, R.W. The Role of Biosurfactants in the Continued Drive for Environmental Sustainability. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4817. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124817

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Olasanmi IO, Thring RW. The Role of Biosurfactants in the Continued Drive for Environmental Sustainability. Sustainability. 2018; 10(12):4817. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124817

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Olasanmi, Ibukun O., and Ronald W. Thring. 2018. "The Role of Biosurfactants in the Continued Drive for Environmental Sustainability" Sustainability 10, no. 12: 4817. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124817

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