Bacillus and biopolymer: Prospects and challenges

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The microbially derived polyhydroxyalkanoates biopolymers could impact the global climate scenario by replacing the conventional non-degradable, petrochemical-based polymer. The biogenesis, characterization and properties of PHAs by Bacillus species using renewable substrates have been elaborated by many for their wide applications. On the other hand Bacillus species are advantageous over other bacteria due to their abundance even in extreme ecological conditions, higher growth rates even on cheap substrates, higher PHAs production ability, and the ease of extracting the PHAs. Bacillus species possess hydrolytic enzymes that can be exploited for economical PHAs production. This review summarizes the recent trends in both non-growth and growth associated PHAs production by Bacillus species which may provide direction leading to future research towards this growing quest for biodegradable plastics, one more critical step ahead towards sustainable development.




Mohapatra, S., Maity, S., Dash, H. R., Das, S., Pattnaik, S., Rath, C. C., & Samantaray, D. (2017, December 1). Bacillus and biopolymer: Prospects and challenges. Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports. Elsevier B.V.

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