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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
ISSN: 0717-3458
Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 26-35
Bioline Code: ej16019
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2016, pp. 26-35

 en Natural antifouling compound production by microbes associated with marine macroorganisms — A review
Satheesh, Sathianeson; Ba-akdah, Mohammad Abdulaziz & Al-Sofyani, Abdulmohsin A.

Abstract

In the marine environment, all hard surfaces including marine macroorganims are colonized by microorganisms mainly from the surrounding environment. The microorganisms associated with marine macroorganisms offer tremendous potential for exploitation of bioactive metabolites. Biofouling is a continuous problem in marine sectors which needs huge economy for control and cleaning processes. Biotechnological way for searching natural product antifouling compounds gained momentum in recent years because of the environmental pollution associated with the use of toxic chemicals to control biofouling. While, natural product based antifoulants from marine organisms particularly sponges and corals attained significance due to their activities in field assays, collection of larger amount of organisms from the sea is not a viable one. The microorganisms associated with sponges, corals, ascidians, seaweeds and seagrasses showed strong antimicrobial and also antifouling activities. This review highlights the advances in natural product antifoulants research from microbes associated with marine organisms.

Keywords
Antifouling; Biofouling; Bioactive compounds; Marine biotechnology; Marine microbes

 
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