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This symposium sought to identify the gaps in science and technology inhibiting industrial use of products consisting of, containing or derived (either materially or conceptually) from carbohydrates. Bulk carbohydrate-derived products offer one means of basing a growing section of the chemical industry on agriculture rather than on fossil sources. Such products are, in principle at least, indefinitely renewable while generally also being biocompatible and biodegradable. Their successful development could offer a sizeable and profitable new outlet for agriculture, while at the same time edging the chemical industry in an environmentally friendly direction. Products based on the specific bioactivity of oligosaccharides, glycoproteins and glycosylated cell surfaces offer the hope of developing new agents for use in medicine and agriculture, that could be of central importance to the pharmaceutical, veterinary and agrochemical industries.

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Authors: ELLWOOD D C, University of Durham, Industrial Research Labs, Durham (GB);SARGEANT K, CEC Bruxelles (BE);SERGHERAERT G, Centre de Valorisation des Glucides et Produits Naturels, Amiens (FR);VAN BEKKUM H, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Delft, Delft (NL);WOELK H-U, Friedrich-Kirsten Straße 3, Hamburg (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12757 EN (1990) 283 pp., FS, ECU 22.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1420-4
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