Biosurfactant ProductionRodrigo Siqueira Reis*
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia
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- Rodrigo Siqueira Reis
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Sydney, Australia
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Received date: October 19, 2012; Accepted date: October 19, 2012; Published date: October 21, 2012
Citation: Reis RS (2012) Biosurfactant Production. J Biotechnol Biomater 2:e115. doi:10.4172/2155-952X.1000e115
Copyright: © 2012 Reis RS, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Great emphasis has recently been given to the environmental impacts caused by chemical surfactants due to their toxicity and difficulty in being degraded. Increasing environmental concerns, the advance in biotechnology and the emergence of more stringent laws have led to biosurfactants being a serious alternative to the chemical surfactants available on the market. Although biosurfactants have promising use in bioremediation processes, their industrial scale production is currently difficult due to high raw-material costs, high processing costs and low manufacturing output. As a result, the current research challenges are to increase the yield and to reduce the cost of raw materials.