The European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence

Under the acronym EPNOE (European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence) a research and education network has been established linking 16 academic and research institutions and a large number of companies. The focus is on polysaccharide expertise development and polysaccharide-related research for innovation in business and industry.

As part of a dissemination programme, members of the network join efforts and expertise to assemble a book dealing with research initiative and research in the field of polysaccharides. The book describes all main aspects of polysaccharide science and technology (biology, enzymology, physics, chemistry, materials science and processing). Notations and concepts follow a uniform format throughout the whole work in order to create a valuable reference book on the field of polysaccharide science. Owing to the major importance of industry, concrete applications are also described in detail.