Special Issue "Lichens: Chemistry, Ecological and Biological Activities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2017)
Prof. Dr. Sophie Tomasi
Lichens are of increasing concern in research looking for new bioactive compounds, and are challenging in a variety of domains. The long-living lichen symbioses are responsible for the production of original secondary metabolites, and also provide an ecological niche for a high diversity of additional microorganisms. Lichens are, thus, a compelling model to study the exchange of small molecules involved in cell-to-cell communications, but also serve as precursors or regulators of silent biosynthetic pathways. Approaches to activate these silent pathways represent an additional opportunity for the discovery of novel bioactive agents. In this context, lichens and their symbiotic partners appear to be an untapped source of highly effective new secondary metabolites. Accurate, new, analytical techniques also facilitate the recognition of additional compounds of interest.
This Special Issue aims to give an overview of recent advances in the field of lichen studies, describing metabolites and their applications, ranging from ecological to future therapeutic relevance. Studies investigating production, structural elucidation, bioactivities, biosynthesis, metabolomic analysis, ecological chemistry relevance of metabolites produced by lichens or symbiotic partners should be encouraged. Biotechnological aspects will be also taken into consideration.
Prof. Dr. Sophie Tomasi
Prof. Dr. Joel Boustie
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- Secondary metabolites
- Chemical ecology
- Bioactive compounds
- Thallus-associated microflora