Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Biotechnol. Mol. Biol. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1538-2273
  • DOI: 10.5897/BMBR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 103


An investigation for potential development on biosurfactants

A. Salihu1*, I. Abdulkadir2 and M. N. Almustapha3
1Department of Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. 2Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. 3Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 September 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009


Biosurfactants are surface-active metabolites produced by microorganisms. The applications of these biological compounds in the field of enhanced oil recovery and bioremediation proved effective. Besides their environmental applications; biosurfactants have shown interesting properties in several processes. Thus, this article attempts to organize this Information for ease of reference and further stimulates those that have interests in the area to explore further especially in biodegradation of recalcitrant compounds.


Key words: Biosurfactant, bioremediation, biodegradation.