Natural functions of mycotoxins and control of their biosynthesis in fungi

@article{Reverberi2010NaturalFO,
  title={Natural functions of mycotoxins and control of their biosynthesis in fungi},
  author={Massimo Reverberi and Alessandra Ricelli and Slaven Zjali{\'c} and Anna Adele Fabbri and C. Fanelli},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
  year={2010},
  volume={87},
  pages={899-911}
}
Mycotoxins are harmful secondary metabolites produced by a range of widespread fungi belonging in the main to Fusarium, Aspergillus and Penicillium genera. But why should fungi produce toxins? And how is the biosynthesis of these toxins regulated? Several separate factors are now known to be capable of modulating mycotoxin synthesis; however, in this study, focussing just on mycotoxins whose regulatory mechanisms have already been established, we introduce a further factor based on a novel… 
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