Physiological aspects. Part 1 in a series of papers devoted to surfactants in microbiology and biotechnology.

@article{Hamme2006PhysiologicalAP,
  title={Physiological aspects. Part 1 in a series of papers devoted to surfactants in microbiology and biotechnology.},
  author={Jonathan D. Van Hamme and Ajay Singh and Owen P. Ward},
  journal={Biotechnology advances},
  year={2006},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={604-20}
}
Surfactants, both chemical and biological, are amphiphilic compounds which can reduce surface and interfacial tensions by accumulating at the interface of immiscible fluids and increase the solubility, mobility, bioavailability and subsequent biodegradation of hydrophobic or insoluble organic compounds. Investigations on their impacts on microbial activity have generally been limited in scope to the most common and best characterized surfactants. Recently a number of new biosurfactants have… CONTINUE READING