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New Sources of Antibiotics: Caves

Naowarat Cheeptham and Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez
from: Antibiotics: Current Innovations and Future Trends (Edited by: Sergio Sánchez and Arnold L. Demain). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2015) Pages: 213-228.


Caves are regarded as extreme habitats according to their unique and harsh conditions for microbial life. Though demanding, these irreplaceable habitats have demonstrated to support a great diversity of microbial communities that are believed to hold great promises as new sources of antibiotics and industrially relevant compounds. This chapter highlights recent findings that convincingly solidify the concept that caves are potentially homes to novel and rare microorganisms and tomorrow's antibiotics read more ...
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