Environmental conditions that influence toxin biosynthesis in cyanobacteria
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
© 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Special Issue: Marine Microbial Ecophysiology and Metagenomics
Volume 15, Issue 5, pages 1239–1253, May 2013
How to Cite
Neilan, B. A., Pearson, L. A., Muenchhoff, J., Moffitt, M. C. and Dittmann, E. (2013), Environmental conditions that influence toxin biosynthesis in cyanobacteria. Environmental Microbiology, 15: 1239–1253. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02729.x
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Received 29 November, 2011; revised 20 February, 2012; accepted 21 February, 2012.
Over the past 15 years, the genetic basis for production of many cyanobacterial bioactive compounds has been described. This knowledge has enabled investigations into the environmental factors that regulate the production of these toxins at the molecular level. Such molecular or systems level studies are also likely to reveal the physiological role of the toxin and contribute to effective water resource management. This review focuses on the environmental regulation of some of the most relevant cyanotoxins, namely the microcystins, nodularin, cylindrospermopsin, saxitoxins, anatoxins and jamaicamides.