This book embodies 21 review articles contributed by subject experts of various areas of industrial microbiology. The articles are devoted to pharma industries, food and enzyme industries, textile industry, agro-industry and cottage industry.Yeast is one of the important microorganisms which have been used to produce beverages, alcohols and fermented food commodities for a very long time. In recent years, it has been the first choice among eukaryotes to use in recombinant technology. Yeast and Spirulina are being used and marketed as Single Cell Protein (SCP). Mushrooms have been used by humans down the ages. In addition to a rich source of mycoprotein, they have medicinal values also against many ailments. Number of bioactive novel compounds is increasing with the discovery of microbial species and newer groups of microorganisms.Some chapters are devoted to microbial bioinoculants used as biofertilizers because they are rich source of nitrogen and phosphorus for both legumes and non-legumes. They are being manufactured and sold in market with different trade names. In addition, several microbial enzymes have been produced and commercialized by various industries, but highly active and potential enzymes produced through recombinant DNA technology hold much importance. For example, microbial proteases find application in detergent leather, food and pharma industries and provide eco-friendly technology for bioremediation. Laccase has been worked out to be a good tool for bioremediation of non-degradable wastes and xenobiotic chemicals. Besides, laccase-based biosensors have also been constructed which can be used for phenol determination, monitoring of lignin and plant flavonoids.Various microbial phytases as feed supplemented have been used in freshwater and marine aquaculture for improving the growth performance of fishes. Nowadays aquaculture is growing rapidly to meet increasing food demand throughout the world for high quality fish. More than 16,000 bioactive compounds have been isolated from actinomycetes alone including antibiotics, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, siderophores and nanoparticles. Biosynthesis of nanoparticles by bacteria, actinomycetes and algae has been reported and work is being done nationally and internationally.
D.K. Maheshwari :- served as a lecturer in the department of Botany, D.A.V (PG) College, Muzaffarnagar and thereafter served as Reader in the Department of Microbiology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. He joined Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar as Professor in the year 1990 and served as Dean, Faculty of Life -Science (2004-2006). Prof. Maheshwari is an active member of several scientific bodies of international repute and in the board of panels of various academic and administrative bodies including UPSC and NAAC of Govt. of India. He has been elected as Editor of the Journal of Indian Botanical Society (199-2002) and he was awardee of young scientist "Prof. Y.S. Murthy Medal" for his outstanding contribution.R C Dubey :- Department of Botany & Microbiology earned M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees from the Banaras Hindus University in 1981 and 1986, respectively. He served Kumaun University (Nainital) as lecturer from 1987 to 1996; thereafter, he joined Gurukul Kangri University (Haridwar) in 1996. R. Saravanamurthu :- "R. Saravanamuthu did his postgraduate degree at the St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli (TN), M. Phil. at the Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, University of Madras (Chennai) and Ph.D. at the Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He has more than thirty years of teaching and research experience in the Department of Botany, A.V.C.College (Autonomous), Mannampandal, Tamil Nadu.Dr. Saravanamuthu has successfully guided eight Ph.D. scholars and published number of research articles in the reputed national and international journals. He has contributed about ten chapters of research interest in different edited books, and also has been the editor of books, journals and proceedings. Dr. Saravanamuthu is the Life Member and Fellow of the Indian Botanical Society and member of several professional bodies and academic societies. He has served as the member of the Board of Management of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University."