This chapter places applied microbiology and biotechnology into a historical perspective and then presents an overview of some of the general principles related to the biotechnology of prokaryotes. Topics discussed include antibiotics, biochemical engineering, applications of genetic engineering, bioremediation, bacterial pharmaceutical products, diagnostic microbiology, food microbiology, and legal protection in biotechnology. Applied microbiology is constantly expanding and new areas are being created. In the near future, the fields of prebiotics and probiotics, enzyme engineering, applied microbial ecology, and biofuels look particularly promising.
|Title of host publication||The Prokaryotes|
|Subtitle of host publication||Prokaryotic Biology and Symbiotic Associations|
|Publisher||Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||3642301932, 9783642301933|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2013|