Natural organohalogen production by basidiomycetes

Jim A. Field, Frank J.M. Verhagen, Ed de Jong

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Basidiomycetes are ecologically important higher fungi that synthesize three families of organohalogen metabolites: halomethanes, halogenated aromatics and haloaliphatic compounds. To date, a total of 53 halogenated metabolites have been identified in 34 genera of basidiomycetes. These organohalogen metabolites have demonstrable physiological roles as antibiotics, as methyl donors and as subsstrates for H2O2-generating oxidases. The concentration of chlorinated aromatic metabolites encountered in natural environments associated with the widespread occurrence of basidiomycetes have been shown to exceed the hazardous-waste norms that are applied to analogous anthropogenic chlorophenols in soil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-456
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering


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