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Toxins 2014, 6(11), 3058-3076; doi:10.3390/toxins6113058

Chemical Compounds Toxic to Invertebrates Isolated from Marine Cyanobacteria of Potential Relevance to the Agricultural Industry

Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955-6900, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Received: 26 August 2014 / Revised: 19 September 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 29 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Marine and Freshwater Toxins)
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Abstract

In spite of advances in invertebrate pest management, the agricultural industry is suffering from impeded pest control exacerbated by global climate changes that have altered rain patterns to favour opportunistic breeding. Thus, novel naturally derived chemical compounds toxic to both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates are of interest, as potential pesticides. In this regard, marine cyanobacterium-derived metabolites that are toxic to both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates continue to be a promising, but neglected, source of potential pesticides. A PubMed query combined with hand-curation of the information from retrieved articles allowed for the identification of 36 cyanobacteria-derived chemical compounds experimentally confirmed as being toxic to invertebrates. These compounds are discussed in this review. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyanobacteria; moluscicide; snail; slugs; worms; crustacean; brine shrimp; invertebrate; environmental; agriculture; climate change; toxic compounds cyanobacteria; moluscicide; snail; slugs; worms; crustacean; brine shrimp; invertebrate; environmental; agriculture; climate change; toxic compounds
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Essack, M.; Alzubaidy, H.S.; Bajic, V.B.; Archer, J.A.C. Chemical Compounds Toxic to Invertebrates Isolated from Marine Cyanobacteria of Potential Relevance to the Agricultural Industry. Toxins 2014, 6, 3058-3076.

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