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Advances in Microbial Toxin Research and Its Biotechnological Exploitation

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. A Chemical Approach for Elucidating the Molecular Interaction of Host-Specific AK-Toxin with Japanese Pear

    • Hisashi Miyagawa, Masakazu Okada, Ippei Uemura, Bunta Watanabe, Tamio Ueno
    Pages 1-21
  3. Beauvericin: Chemistry, Biology and Significance

    • Antonio Logrieco, Antonio Moretti, Alberto Ritieni, Maria F. Caiaffa, Luigi Macchia
    Pages 23-30
  4. The Aflatoxins: Evolution, Function and Prospects for Control

    • Deidre A. Carter, Nai Tran-Dinh, Michael Stat, Swapna Kumar, Tien Bui, John I. Pitt
    Pages 47-62
  5. Oxygen Activation by Fungal and Bacterial Toxins

    • Ingrid Heiser, Julia Koehl, Erich F. Elstner
    Pages 63-79
  6. Cerato-Ulmin, a Toxin Produced by the Pathogens of the Dutch Elm Disease

    • Giovanni Del Sorbo, Aniello Scala, Felice Scala, Stefania Tegli
    Pages 93-103
  7. Toxicity of Syringomycins and Its Pathological Significance

    • Katsunori Tamura, Tohru Teraoka, Isamu Yamaguchi
    Pages 141-150
  8. Structural Diversity of Lichen Metabolites and Their Potential Use

    • Joanne G. Romagni, Franck E. Dayan
    Pages 151-169
  9. Algal and Cyanobacterial Metabolites as Agents for Pest Management

    • Kevin K. Schrader, Dale G. Nagle, David E. Wedge
    Pages 171-195
  10. Engineering Disease Resistance in Plants Using Phytotoxins as Molecular Stooges

    • P. Balasubramanian, R. Samiyappan, S. Babu, R. Nandakumar, V. Shanmugam, T. Raguchander
    Pages 197-209
  11. Inhibition of Ceramide Synthesis in Plants by Phytotoxins

    • H. K. Abbas, S. O. Duke, W. T. Shier, M. V. Duke
    Pages 211-229
  12. Advances in Molecular Biology of Phytotoxin Production and Its Involvement in Plant Pathogenesis

    • R. Samiyappan, P. Balasubramanian, S. Babu, R. Nandakumar, V. Shanmugam, T. Raguchander et al.
    Pages 231-258
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 281-288

About this book

Microbial toxins are secondary metabolites that accumulate in the organism and, to a large extent, are metabolically inactive towards the organism that produces them. The discovery of penicillin, a secondary metabolite of Penicillium notatum West (= P. chrysogenum Thom), in 1929 marked a milestone in the development of antibiotics (microbial toxins). In the intensive studies that followed this discovery, scientists chemically characterized several new molecules (toxins) from secondary metabolites of microbes, some having a definite function in causing pathogenesis in plants. Toxins are also known to playa significant role in inciting animal (human) and insect diseases and as plant growth regulators. Many common toxins have also been isolated from different microbes exhibiting a wide spectrum of biological activity. Toxins are broadly divisible into several characteristic groupings - polyketides, oxygen heterocyclic compounds, pyrons, terpenoidS, amino acids - diketopiperazines, polypeptides etc. Recent research has indicated that these toxins play an important role in plant pathogenesis, disease epidemics, plant breeding, biological control of plant pathogens and insect pests, induced resistance, plant-pathogen interactions etc. Toxins produced by weed pathogens are exploited as lead molecules in developing environmentally friendly herbicides.

Keywords

  • Fungi
  • Pathogen
  • Pathogene
  • Phytopathogen
  • cyanobacteria
  • evolution
  • genes
  • microbes
  • molecular biology
  • plant pathogens

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faridabad, India

    Rajeev K. Upadhyay

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