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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, Biointerfaceshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2017.05.072

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 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-017-8540-x

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 10.1007_s00253-017-8540-x)


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)

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 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-018-9059-5

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 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-018-9059-5)


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