Recent Publications

twigg, m.s., baccile, n., banat, i.m., déziel, e., marchant, r., roelants, s. & van bogaert, i.n.a. (2020). Microbail biosurfactant reserch: time to improve the rigour in the reporting of synthesis, functional charchterization and process devlopment. Microbial Biotechnology: doi:10.1111/1751-7915.13704.

Comment: A detailed review providing a critical review for the techniques utilised in microbial biosurfactant research and providing a guideline for future study design and requirements for publication. (Read the paper Twigg et al. 2020).

Adu, S.A., Naughton, P.J., Marchant, R., & Banat, I.M. (2020). Microbial biosurfactants in cosmetics and personal skincare pharmacutical formulations. pharmaceutics,12 (11): 1099.

Comment: This paper is a comprehensive review paper written by one of our phd students elaborating the biotechnological applications of biosurfactants and biosurfactant research in the field of skin care. (read the paper Adu et al. 2020)

Juma, A. Lemoine, P., Simpson, A.B.J., Murray, J., O’Hagan, B., naughton, p.j., dooley, j.d., & banat, i.m. (2020). microscopic investigation of the combined use of antibiotics and biosurfactants on methicilin resistant staphylococcus aureus. fronteirs in microbiology, 11: 1477. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.01477.

Comment: This paper investigated the synergistic role biosurfactants can play in the treatment of multidrug resistant infections. (read the paper Jumat al. 2020)

Tripathi, L., Twigg, M.S., Irorere, V.U., Salek, K., Gutierrez, T., Marchant, R., & Banat, I.M. (2019). Biosynthesis of rhamnolipid by a Marinobacter species expands the paradigm of biosurfactant synthesis to a new genus of marine microflora. Microbial Cell Factories, 18: doi:10.1186/s12934-019-1216-8.

Comment: This paper demonstrates for the first time rhamnolipid production in Marinobacter, a commonly isolated genus of marine bacteria. (read the paper Tripathi et al. 2019)

Victor, I.U., Kwiencien, M., Tripathi, L. et al. (2019) Quorum sensing as a potential target for increased production of rhamnolipid biosurfactant in Burkholderia thailandensisE264. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 103, 6505–6517.

Comment: This paper investigates the genetic regulation of rhamnolipid biosynthesis in Burkholderia thailandensis (read the paper Irorere et al. 2019)

Twigg, M.S., Tripathi, L., Irorere, V.U., Salek, K., Gutierrez, T., Marchant, R., & Banat, I.M. (2018) Identification and Characterisation of Short Chain Rhamnolipid Production in a Previously Uninvestigated, Non-Pathogenic Marine Pseudomonad. Applied Microbiololgy and Biotechnology, 102 (19): 8537.

Comment: This paper demonstrates expands the paradigm of rhamnolipid production into a new, non-aeruginosa species of marine Pseudomonas bacteria. (read the paper Twigg et al. 2018)

Irorere, V.U., Smyth, T.J., Cobice, D. et al.(2018)Fatty acid synthesis pathway provides lipid precursors for rhamnolipid biosynthesis in Burkholderia thailandensis E264.Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 102, 6163–6174.

Comment: A further investigation into rhamnolpids production in Burkholderia thailandensis. (read the paper Irorere et al. 2018)

Irorere VU, Smyth TJ, Cobice D, McClean S, Marchant R and Banat IM (2018) Fatty acid synthesis pathway provides lipid precursors for rhamnolipid biosynthesis in Burkholderia thailandensis E264. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Comment: This paper demonstrates that the lipid precursors for rhamnolipid biosynthesis in Burkholderia come from a different source compared to Pseudomonas aeruginosa using non-radioactive isotope labelling. (read the paper Irorere et al. 2018)

Irorere VU, Tripathi L, Marchant R. McClean S, Banat IM (2017) Microbial rhamnolipid production: A critical re-evaluation of the published data and suggested future publication criteria. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 101, 3941-3951.

Comment: This paper reviews the claims for rhamnolipid production by a range of different organisms and identifies a set of publication criteria necessary for reliable reporting. (read the paper Irorere et al. 2017)

Valotteau C, Banat IM, Mitchell C, Marchant R, Babonneau F, Pradier C-M, Baccile N and Humblot V (2017) Antibacterial properties of sophorolipid-modified gold surfaces against Gram positive and Gram negative pathogens. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Biointerfaces

Comment: This paper draws attention to the important antibacterial properties of sophorolipid which highlights the potential for biosurfactant use in this role. (read the paper Valotteau et al. 2017)

Elshikh M, Moya-Ramίrez I, Moens H, Roelants S, Sotaert W, Marchant R and Banat IM (2017) Rhamnolipids and lactonic sophorolipids: Natural antimicrobial surfactants for oral hygiene. Journal of Applied Microbiology doi: 10.1111/jam.13550

Comment: This paper focusses on a potential application of biosurfactants in oral hygiene products, where the surfactant and antimicrobial properties could both be valuable. (read the paper Elshikh et al. 2017)

Funston SJ, Tsaousi K, Smyth TJ, Twigg MS, Marchant R and Banat IM (2017) Enhanced rhamnolipid production in Burkholderia thailandensis transposon knockout strains deficient in polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthesis. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Comment: Recent focus on rhamnolipid production by the non-pathogenic bacterium  Burkholderia thailandensis has led to consideration of how the yield of product can be increased. This paper demonstrates one route involving the knockout of a competing metabolic pathway. (read the paper Funston et al. 2017)

Liley J, Penfold J, Thomas RK, Tucker I, Petkov J, Stevenson P, Banat I, Marchant R, Rudden M and Webster J (2017) Optimising the performance of  surfactant mixtures at low temperatures. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 487, 493-503.

Comment: A probable use for biosurfactants in commercial products will probably be as partial replacements for existing surfactants and this paper examines the performance of surfactant mixtures particularly at low temperature, which is of specific relevance to laundry applications. (read the paper Liley et al 2017)