Progress in Food Biotechnology

Book Series: Recent Advances in Biotechnology

Volume 4


Ali Osman

DOI: 10.2174/97816810874121180401
eISBN: 978-1-68108-741-2, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68108-742-9
ISSN: 2468-5364 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-5372 (Online)

Progress in Food Biotechnology covers recent advances in the food processing sector. Readers will gain an academic and industrial pers...[view complete introduction]
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