Chemical compounds toxic to invertebrates isolated from marine cyanobacteria of potential relevance to the agricultural industry

M. Essack, H.S. Alzubaidy, V.B. Bajic, J.A.C. Archer
Toxins, 6(11), 3058-3076, (2014)

Chemical compounds toxic to invertebrates isolated from marine cyanobacteria of potential relevance to the agricultural industry

Keywords

Cyanobacteria, Moluscicide, Snail, Slugs, Worms, Crustacean, Brine shrimp, Invertebrate, Environmental, Agriculture, Climate change, Toxic compounds

Abstract

​In spite of advances in invertebrate pest management, the agricultural industry is suffering from impeded pest control exacerbated by global climate changes that have altered rain patterns to favour opportunistic breeding. Thus, novel naturally derived chemical compounds toxic to both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates are of interest, as potential pesticides. In this regard, marine cyanobacterium-derived metabolites that are toxic to both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates continue to be a promising, but neglected, source of potential pesticides. A PubMed query combined with hand-curation of the information from retrieved articles allowed for the identification of 36 cyanobacteria-derived chemical compounds experimentally confirmed as being toxic to invertebrates. These compounds are discussed in this review.            

Code

DOI: 10.3390/toxins6113058

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