Lactose-Derived Prebiotics: A Process Perspective

Lactose-Derived Prebiotics: A Process Perspective

By: Carlos Vera (author), Lorena Wilson (author), Felipe Scott (author), Andres Illanes (author), Ral Conejeros (author), Cecilia Guerrero (author)Hardback

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Lactose-Derived Prebiotics: A Process Perspective is the first scientific reference to provide a comprehensive technological overview of the processes to derive oligosaccharides from dairy for use in functional foods. With their combined 90+ years in industry and research, the authors present the functional properties of prebiotics derived from lactose and the production technology required to make them. The book focuses on process engineering and includes an overview of green chemistry processes involving enzyme biocatalysis, providing detailed coverage of the use of whey lactose as raw material for producing oligosaccharides. The book's focus on processes and products allows the reader to understand the constraints and impacts of technology on lactose-derived prebiotics.

About Author

Chemical Engineer (Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso), M.SC Biochemical Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Full Professor of the Biochemical Engineering School and Head of the Biocatalysis Group at Biotechnology Nucleus of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. Visiting professor at universities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru Spain and Uruguay. Author of more than 100 publications in ISI journals and several book chapters, editor of two books in enzyme biocatalysis. Member of the editorial boards of Electronic Journal of Biotechnology (president), Process Biochemistry, Latin American Journal of Pharmacy and Colombian Journal of Biotechnology. 1997 Regional Award in Science and Technology. 2012 Appointed Honorary Professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru. Fields of expertise: enzyme biocatalysis, enzyme immobilization, bioreactor design. Recent fields of work are related to enzyme catalysis in organic synthesis, namely synthesis of semi-synthetic ss-lactam antibiotics and synthesis of lactose-derived oligosaccharides. Department alumnus and Wolfson student from Chile, Dr Raul Conejeros, undertook his PhD studies on Simulation, Optimisation and Control of Biological Process Systems. He was funded by Agencia Cooperation International in Chile. In 2009 he was officially given the full professorship at his current University, the School of Biochemical Engineering in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile, where he started working back in 2005.


1. Lactose: production and upgrading 2. Functional foods and feeds: probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics 3. Lactose derived non-digestible oligosaccharides as prebiotics: available technologies, opportunities and market 4. Enzymatic production of galacto-oligosaccharides 5. Enzymatic production of lactulose 6. Enzymatic production of other lactose-derived prebiotic candidates 7. Technical and economic analysis of industrial production of lactose-derived prebiotics 8. Future trends

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780128027240
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780128027240
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 012802724X

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