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Biotechnology and Food Industry: Proceedings of the International Symposium Held in Budapest, Hungary 5-9 October, 1987.

Biotechnology and Food Industry: Proceedings of the International Symposium Held in Budapest, Hungary 5-9 October, 1987. Edited by J. Hollo and D. Torley (Akademiai Kiado, Publishing House of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1363, Budapest, P.O.B. 24. 1988. This volume presents 64 contributions (not counting the opening address, the welcome address and the conclusions) from 70 authors from 20 countries. Of these, 54 authors originated from 14 European countries, including 21 from the host country. Therefore, although it was an international symposium, the book mostly presents advances in research activities conducted in Hungary and other European countries.

The book is organized in four sections: general topics (8 papers), genetic engineering, physiology (10 papers), enzymes, microorganisms (23 papers) and technological applications (23 papers). Unfortunately, the quality of the published material is uneven, and in many cases only the abstract is presented. In several of the papers included, no bibliographic references are provided. Another editorial deficiency is that the method of quoting bibliography sources is not uniform throughout the volume.

The application of the word `biotechnology' is controversial, and much research which in the past has been included under other headings is now being classified as biotechnology. The opening address of the symposium, which is included in the book, offers a good discussion in answer to the question `What is biotechnology?'.

Because it is a comprehensive book, it could offer useful information to specialists in the fields covered. However, interested readers should first check whether the papers of potential interest are presented in full. Also, it should be noted that several of the papers are written in French with no English abstract provided.

Antonio Martin, MCIC Memorial University
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Date:Feb 1, 1990
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