Biomimicry of volatileâ€based microbial control for managing emerging fungal pathogens
- Permanent Link:
- Biomimicry of volatileâ€based microbial control for managing emerging fungal pathogens
- Series Title:
- Journal of applied microbiology
- Gabriel, K.T.
Sexton, D. Joseph
- Publication Date:
- May 2018
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Subjects / Keywords:
- Volatile organic chemicals ( lcsh )
Biomimicry ( lcsh )
Pathogenic microorganisms ( lcsh )
- serial ( sobekcm )
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are known to be produced by a wide range of microâ€organisms and for a number of purposes. Volatileâ€based microbial inhibition in environments such as soil is wellâ€founded, with numerous antimicrobial VOCs having been identified. Inhibitory VOCs are of interest as microbial control agents, as low concentrations of gaseous VOCs can elicit significant antimicrobial effects. Volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals typically characterized as having low molecular weight, low solubility in water, and high vapour pressure. Consequently, VOCs readily evaporate to the gaseous phase at standard temperature and pressure. This contactâ€independent antagonism presents unique advantages over traditional, contactâ€dependent microbial control methods, including increased surface exposure and reduced environmental persistence. This approach has been the focus of our recent research, with positive results suggesting it may be particularly promising for the management of emerging fungal pathogens, such as the causative agents of whiteâ€nose syndrome of bats and snake fungal disease, which are difficult or impossible to treat using traditional approaches. Here, we review the history of volatileâ€based microbial control, discuss recent progress in formulations that mimic naturally antagonistic VOCs, outline the development of a novel treatment device, and highlight areas where further work is needed to successfully deploy VOCs against existing and emerging fungal pathogens.
- Original Version:
- Volume 124, Issue 5
- Source Institution:
- University of South Florida
- Holding Location:
- University of South Florida
- Rights Management:
- All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
- Resource Identifier:
- K26-05393 ( USFLDC DOI )
k26.5393 ( USFLDC Handle )
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