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White Biotechnology Applications Apply Largely to Industrial Applications

written by: •edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski•updated: 6/30/2008

White biotechnology applications, although related to red and green applications, tend to apply more strictly to industrial uses and applications.

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    There are numerous ways to incorporate biotechnology application into main categories of industries that benefit from the methods and techniques of biotechnology. White biotechnology refers to industrial biotechnology, which is how techniques of biotechnology are applied to industrial production and processes. It is closely related to other biotechnology applications such as red and green, but stands out for its work in the industrial field to help conserve resources and protect the environment that we all need.

    For instance, the designing of an organism that is created to produce a useful and safe chemical is an example of using white biotechnology applications. Another example is using certain enzymes as catalysts industrially to produce valuable chemicals or to destroy chemicals that are polluting the environment or are harmful. One of the best aspects of using white biotechnology is that it often uses fewer resources and conserves better than other methods used to produce industrial goods. This is especially important as we face concerns with the safety and health of our environment and the conservation of our resources.

    White biotechnology is also used for manufacturing biomaterials and alternative energy sources. It is based on the use of cells or certain components of cells such as enzymes that are used to generate useful products. The industrial biotechnology field has generally accepted the divide between pharmaceutical biotechnology and that of industrial biotechnology. One example of this would be companies that use fungus to develop antibodies such as penicillin. There are those that hold the view that says this is strictly an industrial production, while others say it is more of a combination of industrial production and medical biotechnology.

    Although white biotechnology has its own classification, it is strongly related and tied to other types of biotechnology applications such as red and green. They all essentially are applications that are used to develop methods and techniques that can be used to improve and enhance quality and quantity in various industries.

    The uses of white biotechnology have been making a lot of headway and improvements in the scientific community and have enhanced the way that products are produced and manufactured in the public sector. White biotechnology helps create safe substances by using certain cells of organisms to create a powerful and useful product that can be used to treat certain maladies and continues to make strides for improving the industrial use of biotechnology applications.