An Introduction to Polysaccharide Biotechnology by Stephen E. Harding, Michael P. Tombs, Gary G. Adams, Berit

By Stephen E. Harding, Michael P. Tombs, Gary G. Adams, Berit Smestad Paulsen, Kari Tvete Inngjerdingen, Hilde Barsett

Polysaccharides and similar excessive molecular weight glycans are highly assorted with extensive software in Biotechnology and nice possibilities for additional exploitation. An advent to Polysaccharide Biotechnology – a moment version of the preferred unique textual content by way of Tombs and Harding – introduces scholars, researchers, clinicians and industrialists to the houses of a few of the main fabrics concerned, how those are utilized, the various monetary elements referring to their construction and the way they're characterised for regulatory purposes.

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Is it even in our kind of business, or do we want to start a new one? How long will it take? A good many proposals fail on technical feasibility, especially with biological materials. One reason for this is that the laboratory procedures of molecular biology are very difficult to scale up. Time scales are important in biotechnology because the longer it takes the more it costs. There are no quick ways to manipulation of higher plants, and only projects that are likely to yield large cost savings or lead to especially valuable products are likely to be undertaken.

However, because this book is about their biotechnology we have chosen to classify them with more emphasis on their biological source. It would also have been valid to classify them on the basis of their use, which would have found some bacterial polysaccharides alongside gums obtained from seeds, since they have the same uses. We have cross-referred where appropriate, but have treated bacterial polysaccharides separately. This is justified because at least part of the potential of biotechnology lies in the manipulation of biosynthetic pathways, which relates directly to the source organisms.

The more interesting one is silica, found widely although possibly best known in diatoms. 9, while it is possible to make a clear-cut distinction between, say, cellulose cell walls and starch grains in higher plants, in many species the distinction is not so sharp. In seeds, for example, virtually any of the cell wall components might eventually be mobilized to aid the growth of the new plant so many of the components considered below might have been included as cell wall components simply because of their location.

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