Chemical Ecology of Endophytic Fungi: Origins of Secondary Metabolites


Journal: Chemistry & Biology

Abstract: Endophytes constitute a remarkably multifarious group of microorganisms ubiquitous in plants and maintain an imperceptible association with their hosts for at least a part of their life cycle. Their enormous biological diversity coupled with their capability to biosynthesize bioactive secondary metabolites has provided the impetus for a number of investigations on endophytes. Here, we highlight the possible current and future strategies of understanding the chemical communication of endophytic fungi with other endophytes (fungi and bacteria) and with their host plants, which might not only allow the discovery and sustainable production of desirable natural products but also other mostly overlooked bioactive secondary metabolites.

In the theme of yesterday’s “special group meeting” here is a recent perspective on endophyte chemical ecology. It presents what seems to be a balanced picture of the current problems in the field and the potential of the field if those challenges are met. A lot of the problems in the field of endophyte chemistry/biology seem to be orthologous to the problems in soil microbiology with respect to the challenge of cultivating a diversity of environmental of microbes in the lab.

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