Grand Challenges in Fungal Biotechnology [electronic resource] / edited by Helena Nevalainen.

Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2020.
1 online resource (IX, 535 p. 89 illus., 63 illus. in color.)
1st ed. 2020.
Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology, 2367-1017
Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology, 2367-1017

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Microbial genetics.
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This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the major applications and potential of fungal biotechnology. The respective chapters report on the latest advances and opportunities in each topic area, proposing new and sustainable solutions to some of the major challenges faced by modern society. Aimed at researchers and biotechnologists in academia and industry, it represents essential reading for anyone interested in fungal biotechnology, as well as those working within the broader area of microbial biotechnology. Written in an accessible language, the book also offers a valuable reference resource for decision-makers in government and at non-governmental organizations who are involved in the development of cleaner technologies and the global bioeconomy. The 21st century is characterized by a number of critical challenges in terms of human health, developing a sustainable bioeconomy, facilitating agricultural production, and establishing practices that support a cleaner environment. While there are chemical solutions to some of these challenges, developing bio-based approaches is becoming increasingly important. Filamentous fungi, ‘the forgotten kingdom,’ are a group of unique organisms whose full potential has yet to be revealed. Some key properties, such as their exceptional capacity to secrete proteins into the external environment, have already been successfully harnessed for the production of industrial enzymes and cellulosic biofuels. Many further aspects discussed here –such as feeding the hungry with fungal protein, and the potential applications of the various small molecules produced by fungi –warrant further exploration. In turn, the book covers the use of fungal cell factories to produce foreign molecules, e.g. for therapeutics. Strategies including molecular approaches to strain improvement, and recent advances in high-throughput technologies, which are key to finding better products and producers, are also addressed. Lastly, the book discusses the advent of synthetic biology, which is destined to greatly expand the scope of fungal biotechnology. The chapter “Fungal Biotechnology in Space: Why and How?” is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License at
Part 1: Fungal Biotechnology and the Global Challenges
Chapter 1: Fungal Biotechnology: Unlocking the Full Potential of Fungi for a More Sustainable World
Chapter 2: Fungal Attack on Environmental Pollutants Representing Poor Microbial Growth Substrates
Chapter 3: The Biotechnology of Quorn Mycoprotein: Past, Present and Future Challenges
Chapter 4: The Current Biotechnological Status and Potential of Plant and Algal Biomass Degrading/Modifying Enzymes from Ascomycete Fungi
Part 2: Developments in Key Enabling Technologies
Chapter 5: Genetic Transformation of Filamentous Fungi: Achievements and Challenges
Chapter 6: Bottlenecks and Future Outlooks for High-Throughput Technologies for Filamentous Fungi
Chapter 7: Strategies and Challenges for the Development of Industrial Enzymes Using Fungal Cell Factories
Chapter 8: Meeting a Challenge: A View on Studying Transcriptional Control of Genes Involved Plant Biomass Degradation in Aspergillus niger
Part 3: Towards Bioeconomy–Potential of Fungal Biotechnology
Chapter 9: The Economic Potential of ArbuscularFungal Biotechnology in Agriculture
Chapter 10: Molecular and Genetic Strategies for Enhanced Production of Heterologous LignocellulosicEnzymes
Part 4: Branching Out – Emerging Opportunities
Chapter 11: Horizontal Gene Transfer in Fungi
Chapter 12: Spotlight on Class I Hydrophobins: Their IntriguingBiochemical Properties and Industrial Prospects
Chapter 13: An Aroma Odyssey: The Promise of Volatile Fungal Metabolites in Biotechnology
Chapter 14: Fungal Peroxygenases: A Phylogenetically Old Superfamily of Heme Enzymes with Promiscuity for Oxygen Transfer Reactions
Chapter 15: Progress and Research Needs of Plant Biomass Degradation by Basidiomycete Fungi
Chapter 16: Organic Acids in the TCA Cycle: The Building Blocks of the Future
Chapter 17: Opportunities for New Generation Ganodermaboninense Biotechnology
Chapter 18: Fungal Biotechnology in Space: Why and How?. .
Nevalainen, Helena. editor., Editor,
Publisher Number:
10.1007/978-3-030-29541-7 doi