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Title: Preface

item Hou, Ching

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Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/18/2009
Publication Date: 11/1/2009
Citation: Hou, C.T. 2009. Preface. In: Hou, C.T., editor. Biocatalysis and Molecular Engineering. New York, NY:John Wiley & Sons. p. x 1-2.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This book was assembled with the intent of bringing together current advances and in-depth reviews of biocatalysis and Molecular Engineering with emphasis on agricultural biotechnology. The book consists of selected papers presented at the fourth International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Biotechnology held at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan November 19-21, 2008. Recent energy and food crises point out the important of bio-based products from renewable resources and agricultural biotechnology. It is inevitable to use modern tools of molecular engineering on plants, animals and microorganisms to solve these crises and improve the wellness of humankind. There is no comprehensive book on Molecular Engineering of agricultural biotechnology and bio-based products from renewable resources. The authors are internationally recognized experts from all sectors of academia, industry, and government research institutes. This is the most current book on molecular engineering of agricultural biotechnology and renewable bioproducts. This book composes of 30 chapters divided into three sections: improvement of agronomic and microbial traits, functional foods and biofuels, and renewable bioproducts. This book serves as reference for teachers, graduate students, and industrial scientists who conduct research in biosciences and biotechnology.