Special Issue "Phytotoxic Fungal Metabolites"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
Interests: isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive natural compounds from microorganisms and plants; chromatographic techniques; chemical derivatization; analytical and spectroscopic techniques
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In recent years the scientific community has focused attention on the development of new pesticides of natural origin, which may be highly effective, scarcely toxic, and with low environmental impacts. The necessity of obtaining new substances of biological and applicative interest from natural biological systems stems from the awareness of the many risks emerging, worldwide, for human health. Also, the development of eco-friendly techniques is being evaluated in sustainable agriculture.
For these purposes, phytopathogenic fungi and endophytes are a good source of bioactive natural compounds. In fact, the structures and stereostructures of a wide variety of phytotoxins have been determined. Also, the role of secondary metabolites, produced by fungi in different steps of the plant-microbe interaction, is well established. Moreover, the modes of action of some of these metabolites are well documented. These metabolites can be used in plant disease control in breeding programs, for the early diagnoses of diseases, and with other techniques for the classification of pathogenic species. The substances can also make good fungicides, antimicrobials, herbicides, and insecticides for pest control. In view of these phytotoxins’ practical applications, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of studies focusing on their pharmacological activities, the correlations between chemical structures and activities, on the development of analytical methods, and on their enviromental impacts. Moreover, the structures of natural compounds have been used as models for syntheses of parent compounds, or their analogs, with improved activities.
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- phytopathogenic fungi
- bioactive natural compounds
- chemical and biological characterizations
- natural pesticides
- structure-activity relationship studies
- analytical methods