Microbial Ecology Pushes Frontiers in Biotechnology

  title={Microbial Ecology Pushes Frontiers in Biotechnology},
  author={Atsushi Kouzuma and Kazuya Watanabe},
  booktitle={Microbes and environments},
Due to their diverse metabolic potentials and established manipulation techniques, microbes are considered to be excellent materials for biotechnology. Pure cultures of microbes are exploited in industrial processes to produce alcohols, organic acids, and polymeric materials (2). Furthermore, human society has a long history of using mixed microbial cultures to produce fermented foods (8). Naturally occurring microbial communities are also used in various environmental biotechnologies (25… CONTINUE READING