Seaweed resistance to microbial attack: a targeted chemical defense against marine fungi.

@article{Kubanek2003SeaweedRT,
  title={Seaweed resistance to microbial attack: a targeted chemical defense against marine fungi.},
  author={Julia M. Kubanek and Paul R Jensen and Paul Allen Keifer and M. Cameron Sullards and Dwight O. Collins and William Fenical},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2003},
  volume={100 12},
  pages={
          6916-21
        }
}
Pathogenic microbes can devastate populations of marine plants and animals. Yet, many sessile organisms such as seaweeds and sponges suffer remarkably low levels of microbial infection, despite lacking cell-based immune systems. Antimicrobial defenses of marine organisms are largely uncharacterized, although from a small number of studies it appears that chemical defenses may improve host resistance. In this study, we asked whether the common seaweed Lobophora variegata is chemically defended… CONTINUE READING

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