Biological surfactants particularly of microbial origin have recently been gaining increased interest in the surfactants markets. Diverse functional properties viz., surface, interfacial tension, foaming detergency and wettability of biosurfactant (BS) / bioemulsifier (BE) facilitate their wide application potentials in the industrial sector. Petrochemical based surfactant / emulsifiers do exhibit similar properties however, their toxic and non-biodegradable characteristics limit their uses or application in many industries particularly food related. The opportunities offered by BS/BE are encouraging for commercial exploitation particularly due to other beneficial properties to food industries such as antimicrobial, antibiofilm and antiadhesive, non-fouling utilities. Safety and freshness are essential for ingredients/components used in food/feed industries and BS properties mentioned above makes them highly applicable to such industries. This chapter deals with role of BS/BE in various food industries. We briefly discuss certain food and food wastes utilized for BS production process. The article also presents information of BS/BE mediated synthesis and stabilization of nanoparticles. We also highlight different formulations based on BS/BE reported in food industry.
|Title of host publication||Microbial Cell Factories|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 18 Mar 2018|
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