Microbial Volatile in Defense

Selim KA, El Ghwas DE, Selim RM, Hassan MIA (2017) Microbial Volatile in Defense In: Choudhary D., Sharma A., Agarwal P., Varma A., Tuteja N. (eds.) Volatiles and Food Security Edition: 1. pp. 135-170. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore. ISBN: 978-981-10-5552. (Review)


Microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) produced by microorganisms like bacteria and fungi are eco-friendly and considered a cost-effective sustainable strategy. There is potency for microbial VOCs in biotechnological applications as agriculture, industry, and medicine. Fungal and bacterial microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) can be used instead of harmful pesticides, fungicides, and bactericides to protect plants from pathogens and increase crop productivity. MVOCs can be used to improve human health by characterization of volatiles released by lower respiratory tract bacterial pathogens and their effective role as diagnostic markers in patient breathe testing. VOCs emitted by the human body, such as those which are released from the gut, have a great potential for the diagnostic and therapeutic inspections and help in the identification of liver enzyme activities and consequently investigating the influence of the metabolites on the liver function during disease development. This gives credit/point for the microbes as a promising tool for biological control that manages the disease and in the meantime saves the humanity and surrounding environment. In this chapter, we would like to draw the attention to the importance of microbial volatile organic compounds in the defense as general mechanism, and the chemistry of some MVOCs which has great role in the defense. Chat Conversation EndType a message.


Mohamed Ismail Abdelwahab Hassan


doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-5553-9_8