Minireview: algal natural compounds and extracts as antifoulants.

Saha, Mahasweta , Goecke, Franz Ronald and Bhadury, Punyasloke (2018) Minireview: algal natural compounds and extracts as antifoulants. Open Access Journal of Applied Phycology, 30 (3). pp. 1859-1874. DOI 10.1007/s10811-017-1322-0.

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Marine biofouling is a paramount phenomenon in the marine environment and causes serious problems to maritime industries worldwide. Marine algae are known to produce a wide variety of chemical compounds with antibacterial, antifungal, antialgal, and anti-macrofouling properties, inhibiting the settlement and growth of other marine fouling organisms. Significant investigations and progress have been made in this field in the last two decades and several antifouling extracts and compounds have been isolated from micro- and macroalgae. In this minireview, we have summarized and evaluated antifouling compounds isolated and identified from macroalgae and microalgae between January 2010 and June 2016. Future directions for their commercialization through metabolic engineering and industrial scale up have been discussed. Upon comparing biogeographical regions, investigations from Southeast Asian waters were found to be rather scarce. Thus, we have also discussed the need to conduct more chemical ecology based research in relatively less explored areas with high algal biodiversity like Southeast Asia.

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Additional Information: The article “Minireview: algal natural compounds and extracts as antifoulants”, written by Mahasweta Saha, Franz Goecke, and Punyasloke Bhadury, was originally published electronically on the publisher’s internet portal (currently SpringerLink) on November 6, 2017 without open access. With the author(s)’ decision to opt for Open Choice the copyright of the article changed on April 10, 2018 to © The Author(s) 2018 and the article is forthwith distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits use, duplication, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Algae; Biofouling; Natural products; Antifouling defense; Antibacterial; Anti-diatom; Anti-macrofouling
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s10811-017-1322-0
ISSN: 0921-8971
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 12:38
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:04

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