102. Brown, Jr. R. M. 1985. The microbial synthesis of cellulose. IN: BIOEXPO85: 325-335. Published by Kahners Exposition Group, Boston, Massachusetts.

102. Introduction

The industrial utilization of cellulose has been limited to the products of multicellular plants. Prominent among these are forest trees, cotton, flax, etc. The commercial exploitation of cellulose synthesized by bacteria is almost non-existent; however, a promising and bright future in biotechnology for the manufacture of microbial cellulose is possible. This presentation will describe how cellulose microfibrils are synthesized by several bacteria, including Acetobacter, Rhizobium, Agrobacterium, and Alcaligenes. Methods for study of the kinetics of cellulose synthesis as well as the alteration of the physical properties of cellulose during synthesis will be presented. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the problems to be encountered for industrial production of microbial cellulose, including searches for broader bases of substrates, and the future of molecular genetics in increasing the efficiency of microbial cellulose production. The future opportunities for microbial cellulose are indeed great, and some of these avenues will be explored in this presentation.

For Online Viewing  (1.36 Mb)                

For Printing (8.27 Mb)


Up to the 1985 Publications Page
Up to Malcolm Brown's Lab Page


Last modified 27 October 2005.
This document is maintained by Dr. R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.