Offers an overview of the state-of-the-art and future research needs for ss-glucosidases. Provides coverage of ss-glucosidases from the entire spectrum of organisms, including humans and mammals, plants, insects, fungi, and bacteria. Includes chapters on the mechanism of catalysis by ss-glucosidases, substrate specificity and physiological substrates of ss-glucosidases, and cyanogenic ss-glucosidases and glucosides from plants and insects. Reviews human ss-glucosidases in relation to metabolism, foods and nutrition, and an inherited disorder. Also describes a model system using immobilized enzymes to convert cellulose to glucose.