Secondary Metabolites in Soil Ecology

  • Petr Karlovsky

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Detection and Analysis

    1. Petr Karlovsky
      Pages 1-19
    2. Linda S. Thomashow, Robert F. Bonsall, David M. Weller
      Pages 23-36
    3. Sheela Reuben, V. S. Bhinu, Sanjay Swarup
      Pages 37-68
    4. Sara Ferluga, Laura Steindler, Vittorio Venturi
      Pages 69-90
  3. Bacterial Metabolites

  4. Fungal Metabolites

    1. N. Mathivanan, V. R. Prabavathy, V. R. Vijayanandraj
      Pages 129-140
    2. Susanne Elmholt
      Pages 167-203
  5. Plant Metabolites

  6. Functional Aspects

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-293

About this book


Secondary Metabolites in Soil Ecology focuses on the role of bacterial, fungal and plant secondary metabolites in soil ecosystems. Our understanding of the biological function of secondary metabolites is surprisingly limited, considering our knowledge of their structural diversity and pharmaceutically relevant activities. This volume reviews functional aspects of secondary metabolite production, with a focus on interactions among soil organisms.

Topics such as truffle metabolites and burnt phenomenon, ecology of mycotoxins in soil, root exudates, and chemical interactions between Streptomyces and mycorrhiza fungi are treated. Further aspects are the role of microbial metabolites as quorum sensing signals, their role in protecting plants against pathogens and the effect of volatiles on soil invertebrates. Chapters describing techniques for the detection of antibiotics in soil and the application of metabolomics to rhizosphere research, which has advanced rapidly in recent years, complement the book.


Bacterial and fungal pathogens Rhizosphere Root exudates Soil fungi Streptomycetes Truffle ecology ecosystem environment soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Petr Karlovsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Phytopathology and Mycotoxin ResearchUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-74542-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-74543-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-3382
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