Biotechnological applications of extremophiles, extremozymes and extremolytes

Noura Raddadi, Ameur Cherif, Daniele Daffonchio, Mohamed Neifar, Fabio Fava

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In the last decade, attention to extreme environments has increased because of interests to isolate previously unknown extremophilic microorganisms in pure culture and to profile their metabolites. Microorganisms that live in extreme environments produce extremozymes and extremolytes that have the potential to be valuable resources for the development of a bio-based economy through their application to white, red, and grey biotechnologies. Here, we provide an overview of extremophile ecology, and we review the most recent applications of microbial extremophiles and the extremozymes and extremolytes they produce to biotechnology.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7907-7913
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number19
StatePublished - Aug 14 2015


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