Microbial Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 65–78

Marine microorganisms as a source of bioactive agents

  • Yoshiro Okami

DOI: 10.1007/BF02153223

Cite this article as:
Okami, Y. Microb Ecol (1986) 12: 65. doi:10.1007/BF02153223


Several ecological factors of the marine environment were used in developing a strategy for discovering useful bioactive agents from marine microorganisms. By consideration of sea water requirements, production and degradation of marine polymers, and plasmid content, several novel anti-malarial antibiotics, anti-tumor polysaccharides, glucan-degrading enzymes, and aminoglycoside antibiotics were found.

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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiro Okami
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  1. 1.Institute of Microbial ChemistryTokyoJapan