Marine Biotechnology

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Status and Perspective of Sponge Chemosystematics

  • Dirk Erpenbeck
  • Rob W.M. van Soest


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 



We thank Prof. F. Pietra for the invitation to write this review on sponge chemotaxonomy, and him and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier versions as well as J.C. Braekman, University of Brussels. M.H. Kuiper, RWTH Aachen is thanked for additional literature for this review. D.E. acknowledges financial support of the European Union under a Marie-Curie outgoing fellowhip (MOIF-CT-2004 Contract No. 2882).


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

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