Fungal Phytotoxins in Sustainable Weed Management

Author(s): Maurizio Vurro *, Angela Boari, Francesca Casella, Maria Chiara Zonno .

Journal Name: Current Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 25 , Issue 2 , 2018

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Fungal phytotoxins are natural secondary metabolites produced by plant pathogenic fungi during host–pathogen interactions. They have received considerable particular attention for elucidating disease etiology, and consequently to design strategies for disease control. Due to wide differences in their chemical structures, these toxic metabolites have different ecological and environmental roles and mechanisms of action. This review aims at summarizing the studies on the possible use of these metabolites as tools in biological and integrated weed management, e.g. as: novel and environmentally friendly herbicides; lead for novel compounds; sources of novel mechanisms of action. Moreover, the limiting factors for utilizing those metabolites in practice will also be briefly discussed.

Keywords: Phytotoxins, weed management, natural herbicides, mechanisms of action, fungal metabolites, plant pathogens.

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Year: 2018
Page: [268 - 286]
Pages: 19
DOI: 10.2174/0929867324666170426152331
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