Microbial Resources: From Functional Existence in Nature to Applications provides an exciting interdisciplinary journey through the rapidly developing field of microbial resources, including relationships to aspects of microbiology. Covers the functional existence of microorganisms in nature, as well as the transfer of this knowledge for industrial and other applications. Examines the economic perspective of revealing the potential value of microbial material and figuring it into socio-economic value; legal perspectives; and how to organize a fair allotment of socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders who have effectively contributed to the preservation, study, and exploitation of microbiological material.
- Covers aspects of foundational information related to microbiology, microbial ecology, and diversity, as well as new advances in microbial genomics
- Provides information on the utilization of microbial resources in biotechnology
- Covers legislative issues and related law in biodiscovery
- Fills a need for a very broad audience and is a good resource for microbiologists seeking to know the extent of microbiology approaches, the policies associated with microbiology, and potential career paths for researchers
- Has significant added value due to the inclusion of comprehensive coverage of the biology, ecology, biochemistry and international legislation surrounding these applications
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SECTION 1: ECOLOGY, BIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY 1. Planctomycetes
New Models for Microbial Cells and Activities 2. A Flavor of Prokaryotic Taxonomy: Systematics Revisited 3. Bioactive Actinomycetales: Reaching Rarity through Sound Understanding in Selectivity
SECTION 2: SUSTAINABLE USE OF MICROBIAL RESOURCES 4. Microbial Resources for Global Sustainability 5. Modern Natural Products Drug Discovery and its Relevance to Biodiversity Conservation 6. Hydrocarbon-Oxidizing Bacteria and Their Potential in Eco-Biotechnology and Bioremediation
SECTION 3: BIODISCOVERY AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS 7. An Overview of the Industrial Aspects of Antibiotic Discovery 8. Accessing Marine Microbial Diversity for Drug Discovery 9. Cryptic Pathways and Implications for Novel Drug Discovery
SECTION 4: CULTURE COLLECTIONS: ACCESSION INTO AND PRESERVATION OF MICROBIAL GENETIC RESOURCES FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS 10. The Nagoya Protocol Applied to Microbial Genetic Resources 11. Fungal Genetic Resources for Biotechnology 12. Industrial Culture Collections: Gateways from Microbial Diversity to Applications
SECTION 5: CULTURE COLLECTIONS: IP, DEPOSIT, QUALITY CONTROL, TRANSPORT AND SAFETY ASPECTS 13. An Overview of Biological Resource Center-Maintenance of Microbial Resources and Their Management 14. Ip and the Budapest Treaty
Deposit Of Biological Material for Patent Purposes 15. Biosafety, Transport and Related Legislation Concerning Microbial Resources
Dr Kurtböke is an internationally reputed actinomycetologist and she has been in the field of biodiscovery since 1982 conducting research into discovery of novel and potent threpeutic compounds produced by actinomycetes in Turkey, Italy, the UK and Australia. Her most significant contribution has been the development of a novel isolation technique that selectively cultures rare actinomycetes with industrial importance which was adopted and applied by leading pharmaceutical companies since the 1990s. She has established bio-resource libraries for joint screening ventures with leading pharmaceutical companies in different settings since 1990s. Dr Kurtböke's methodological strength in the field of actinomycetology played a key role in the detection of novel actinomycetes and contributed towards the establishment of yet another microbial library of bioactive actinomycetes at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Queensland, Australia since 2001. The library has been used for research and teaching activities at the USC as well as in partnership with regional, national and international collaborators for discovery of new drugs, agrobiologicals, enzymes and environmentally-friendly biotechnological innovations.
Dr Kurtböke has been a member of the Biodiscovery Industry Panel established by the AusBiotech and DEHWA which networks Australian biodiscovery operators. She was also one of the founding members of the Australian Microbial Resources Research Network currently linked with the Atlas of Living Australia and implements a Biolomics system for microbial data sharing. She has also been an active member of the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) including serving as the Vice-President of the Federation (2010-2013). WFCC provides a nest to the World Data Centre of Microorganisms (WDCM) which maintains large volumes of data from global culture collections. WFCC also strategically links with the OECD's Global Biological Resources Initiative and the Global Biological Information Facility for long term maintenance and conservation of microorganisms and related information. The fortcoming book titled Microbial Resources-from functional existence in nature to industrial applications edited by Dr Kurtb?ke will bring experts in the fields of microbial ecology, taxonomy, culture collections and industrial microbiology together to highlight the importance of microbial genetic resources for global sustainability and biotechnological innovations.