Bioactive Metabolites from Pathogenic and Endophytic Fungi of Forest Trees (E-pub Ahead of Print)
Benedetto Teodoro Linaldeddu,
Bruno Scanu ,
Fungi play an important role in terrestrial ecosystems interacting positively or negatively with plants. These interactions are complex and the outcomes are different depending on the fungal lifestyles, saprotrophic, mutualistic or pathogenic. Furthermore, fungi are well known for producing secondary metabolites, originating from different biosynthetic pathways, which possess biological properties of considerable biotechnological interest. Among the terrestrial ecosystems, temperate forests represent an enormous reservoir of fungal diversity. This review will highlight the goldmine of secondary metabolites produced by pathogenic and endophytic fungi of forest trees with focus on their biological activities.
Keywords: fungal metabolites, antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, phytotoxic, zootoxic activity Actual
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