Over the last 20 years, there has been an expanding interest in the production of polysaccharides produced extracellularly by microorganisms for food, pharmaceutical, and medical applications including vaccines (Jones, 2005; Freitas et al., 2011). The wide range of their usefulness derives from a great diversity of structural, conformational, and functional properties (Morris and Harding, 2009; Pereira et al., 2009; Freitas et al., 2011) even though they are built up from very similar building blocks: pyranose (six-membered) or furanose (five-membered) carbohydrate ring structures (Table 10.1).
|Title of host publication||Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food Processing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Opportunities and Challenges|
|Editors||Parmjit S. Panesar, Satwinder S. Marwaha|
|Number of pages||32|
|ISBN (Print)||9781439888360, 9781138073265|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jul 2013|