Secondary Metabolites of Soil Streptomycetes in Biotic Interactions

  • Mika Tarkka
  • Rüdiger Hampp
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 14)

Streptomyces spp. are ubiquitous in soil microbial communities, and more than 500 species have been described thus far. The streptomycetes are generally saprophytic organisms which spend the majority of their life cycles as semidormant spores (Mayfield et al. 1972). During the life cycle, streptomycete spores germinate to produce substrate mycelium, which during maturation fragments into chains of spores. The substrate mycelium uses extracellular hydrolytic enzymes to gain nutrition from organic compounds that resist degradation by many other microbial groups, e.g. plant and fungal cell wall polysaccharides and insect exoskeletons.


Secondary Metabolite Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Biotic Interaction Induce Systemic Resistance Combinatorial Biosynthesis 
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  • Mika Tarkka
  • Rüdiger Hampp
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  1. 1.Botanical Institute, Physiological Ecology of PlantsUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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