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Influence of Fungicides on Fungal Fine Structure

  • Sigrun Hippe

Abstract

Different strategies of antimicrobial therapy in plant, human, and veterinary medicine have been developed to protect biological tissue from fungal infection and damage. The discovery of systemic fungicides has been an important advance in the development of new chemical therapies. Unlike protective, nonsystemic, and in most cases nonspecific compounds, systemic fungicides are characterized by mobility in plant tissue and selective activity against the pathogen at the infection site. The selectivity is based on structural and physiological differences between host and fungal parasite. For a comprehensive understanding of the mode of action of antifungal agents, biochemical and cellular aspects have to be taken into account. Electron microscopy can provide unique information concerning the influence of fungicides on the fine structure of the pathogen and host. The present review gives a current view of the ultrastructure research in the pharmacology of selectively acting agents.

Keywords

Powdery Mildew Systemic Fungicide Melanin Biosynthesis Trichophyton Mentagrophytes Colletotrichum Lindemuthianum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sigrun Hippe
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut, BiologiezentrumChristian-Albrechts-Universität KielKiel 1Germany

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