Microbial Biosurfactants: Current trends and applications in Agricultural and Biomedical industries

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Synthetic surfactants are becoming increasingly unpopular in many applications due to previously disregarded effects on biological systems and this has led to a new focus on replacing such products with biosurfactants that are biodegradable and produced from renewal resources. Microbially derived biosurfactants have been investigated in numerous studies in areas including: increasing feed digestibility in an agricultural context, improving seed protection and fertility, plant pathogen control, antimicrobial activity, antibiofilm activity, wound healing and dermatological care, improved oral cavity care, drug delivery systems and anticancer treatments. The development of the potential of biosurfactants has been hindered somewhat by the myriad of approaches taken in their investigations, the focus on pathogens as source species and the costs associated with large-scale production. Here, we focus on various microbial sources of biosurfactants and the current trends in terms of agricultural and biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-28
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Issue number1
Early online date3 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jul 2019


  • anticancer; lipopeptides; rhamnolipids; sophorolipids; wound healing
  • wound healing
  • lipopeptides
  • sophorolipids
  • anticancer
  • rhamnolipids


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