Biosurfactants: A Boon to Healthcare, Agriculture & Environmental Sustainability

Biosurfactants and Their Application in Remediation of Environmental Contaminants

Author(s): Meena Choudhary, Monali Muduli and Sanak Ray * .

Pp: 117-135 (19)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815196924124010009

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)

Abstract

The demand for bio-surfactants is growing daily over synthetic surfactants due to their less harmful effects on the environment, biodegradability, and nontoxic effects on public health. Biosurfactants play a significant role in foam generation, emulsification, oil dispersion, and detergency due to their amphipathic structure with the hydrophilic and hydrophobic sites. In recent years, tremendous development in research has resulted in different methods to produce several types of biosurfactants from microorganisms. Several biosurfactants are grown commercially and applied in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors, food, petroleum, and agricultural sectors to mitigate environmental contaminants. The current chapter discusses the potentiality of biosurfactants to degrade environmental pollutants in various fields.


Keywords: Amphipathic, Biosurfactant, Emulsification, Environmental contaminants, Interfacial tension.

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