Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 43–48

Marine actinomycete diversity and natural product discovery

  • Paul  R. Jensen
  • Tracy  J. Mincer
  • Philip  G. Williams
  • William Fenical
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10482-004-6540-1

Cite this article as:
Jensen, P.R., Mincer, T.J., Williams, P.G. et al. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek (2005) 87: 43. doi:10.1007/s10482-004-6540-1

Abstract

Microbial natural products remain an important resource for drug discovery yet the microorganisms inhabiting the world’s oceans have largely been overlooked in this regard. The recent discovery of novel secondary metabolites from taxonomically unique populations of marine actinomycetes suggests that these bacteria add an important new dimension to microbial natural product research. Continued efforts to characterize marine actinomycete diversity and how adaptations to the marine environment affect secondary metabolite production will create a better understanding of the potential utility of these bacteria as a source of useful products for biotechnology.

Keywords

Diversity Marine actinomycete Natural products 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul  R. Jensen
    • 1
  • Tracy  J. Mincer
    • 1
  • Philip  G. Williams
    • 1
  • William Fenical
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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