Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 103, Issue 23–24, pp 9287–9303 | Cite as

Antimicrobial secondary metabolites from agriculturally important fungi as next biocontrol agents

  • Chetan Keswani
  • Harikesh B. Singh
  • Rosa Hermosa
  • Carlos García-Estrada
  • John Caradus
  • Ya-Wen He
  • Samia Mezaache-Aichour
  • Travis R. Glare
  • Rainer Borriss
  • Francesco Vinale
  • Estibaliz SansineneaEmail author


Synthetic chemical pesticides have been used for many years to increase the yield of agricultural crops. However, in the future, this approach is likely to be limited due to negative impacts on human health and the environment. Therefore, studies of the secondary metabolites produced by agriculturally important microorganisms have an important role in improving the quality of the crops entering the human food chain. In this review, we have compiled information about the most important secondary metabolites of fungal species currently used in agriculture pest and disease management.


Antimicrobials Secondary metabolites Agriculture Pesticides 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chetan Keswani
    • 1
  • Harikesh B. Singh
    • 2
  • Rosa Hermosa
    • 3
  • Carlos García-Estrada
    • 4
  • John Caradus
    • 5
  • Ya-Wen He
    • 6
  • Samia Mezaache-Aichour
    • 7
  • Travis R. Glare
    • 8
  • Rainer Borriss
    • 9
    • 10
  • Francesco Vinale
    • 11
  • Estibaliz Sansinenea
    • 12
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of ScienceBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Institute of Agricultural SciencesBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  3. 3.Departamento de Microbiología y Genética, Instituto Hispano-Luso de Investigaciones Agrarias (CIALE), Facultad de FarmaciaUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto de Biotecnología (INBIOTEC)LeónSpain
  5. 5.Grasslanz Technology LtdPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  6. 6.School of Life Sciences and BiotechnologyShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  7. 7.Département de Microbiologie Faculté SNVLMA UFA Sétif 1SétifAlgeria
  8. 8.Bio-Protection Research CentreLincoln UniversityLincolnNew Zealand
  9. 9.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften, Fachgebiet PhytomedizinBerlinGermany
  10. 10.Nord Reet UGGreifswaldGermany
  11. 11.Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - National Research Council (CNR)Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante - Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP)PorticiItaly
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