Polysaccharides: Bacterial and Fungal
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Sutherland, I. W. 2001. Polysaccharides: Bacterial and Fungal. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Microbial exopolysaccharides are the polysaccharides that are produced outside the cell wall by many microorganisms. Some are well-established biotechnological products that are manufactured commercially from renewable resources to provide biodegradable alternatives to traditional plant and algal gums. Others have potentially useful physical or chemical properties, while a few possess valuable biological properties.