Marine Biotechnology

, 9:2

Status and Perspective of Sponge Chemosystematics


DOI: 10.1007/s10126-005-6109-7

Cite this article as:
Erpenbeck, D. & van Soest, R.W. Mar Biotechnol (2007) 9: 2. doi:10.1007/s10126-005-6109-7


In addition to their pharmaceutical applications, sponges are an important source of compounds that are used to elucidate classification patterns and phylogenetic relationships. Here we present a review and outlook on chemosystematics in sponges in seven sections: Secondary metabolites in sponges; Further applications of bioactive compound research in sponges; Sponge chemotaxonomy; Pitfalls of sponge chemotaxonomy; The chemotaxonomic suitability of sponge compounds; Potential synapomorphic markers in sponges; and The future of sponge chemotaxonomy.


Bioactive compounds chemosystematics chemotaxonomy Porifera review sponges 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological Museum, IBEDUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Biodiversity ProgramQueensland MuseumSouth BrisbaneAustralia

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