The current status of natural products from marine fungi and their potential as anti-infective agents

  • Punyasloke Bhadury
  • Balsam T. Mohammad
  • Phillip C. WrightEmail author


A growing number of marine fungi are the sources of novel and potentially life-saving bioactive secondary metabolites. Here, we have discussed some of these novel antibacterial, antiviral, antiprotozoal compounds isolated from marine-derived fungi and their possible roles in disease eradication. We have also discussed the future commercial exploitation of these compounds for possible drug development using metabolic engineering and post-genomics approaches.


Marine natural products Fungi Metabolic engineering Marine biotechnology 



Punyasloke Bhadury acknowledges the Department for International Development (DFID), Heriot Watt University (HWU) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for the provision of a DFID Scholarship. Phillip Wright acknowledges the EPSRC for an Advanced Research Fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Punyasloke Bhadury
    • 1
  • Balsam T. Mohammad
    • 2
  • Phillip C. Wright
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Plymouth Marine LaboratoryPlymouthUK
  2. 2.Chemical Engineering LaboratoryUniversity of A CorunaCorunaSpain
  3. 3.Biological and Environmental Systems Group, Department of Chemical and Process EngineeringUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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