In the spirit of the recent request for more ecological topics, here is a
question that arose in a microbial metabolism course I am now teaching: Is
there any work on the biosurfactants produced by marine hydrocarbon
degraders ( e.g. Alteromonas, Marinobacter, etc.) ? Are the marine
biosurfactants different than the surfactants produced by terrestrial
hydrocarbon degraders ?
Although I am teaching this course and, therefore, supposed to know
everything, I haven't a clue as to the answer to these questions. My
database searches have revealed nothing.
David Kafkewitz, Department of Biological Sciences,
Rutgers University, Newark N.J. 07102, U.S.A.
201 648 5865; fax: 201 648 1007
kafkwtz at andromeda.rutgers.edu