Mycotechnology: The role of fungi in biotechnology

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Fungi have been important in both ancient and modern biotechnological processes. Processes and products that utilize fungi include baking, brewing, and the production of antibiotics, alcohols, enzymes, organic acids, and numerous pharmaceuticals. The advent of recombinant DNA technology and large scale genomics analysis has placed yeasts and filamentous fungi in the forefront of contemporary commercial applications. The term 'mycotechnology' is introduced here to describe the enormous impact of fungi on biotechnology. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biotechnology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 11 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology


  • Biotechnological processes
  • Fungi
  • Genomics analysis
  • Mycotechnology
  • Recombinant DNA technology


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