GONZALEZ Ana Maria
capítulos de libros
Phytochemicals: new weapons against new enemies
CASTRO MARCELA P.; TORRES, CAROLA A.; MARÍA B. NÚÑEZ;; GONZALEZ ANA M
Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: science, technology and education (A. Méndez-Vilas, Ed.)
FORMATEX RESEARCH CENTER
Año: 2013; p. 1220 - 1229
Phytochemicals exhibiting various degrees of antimicrobial activity occur in plant stems, leaves, barks, flowers, and fruits. The advent of antibiotic resistant microbial pathogens has imposed the need to search for new weapons to fight against them. In this sense, natural phyto-antimicrobials appear to be safe when compared to new synthetic antimicrobial agents, attending to the consumers? demands for ?more natural, greener and cleaner? drugs. Central and South America offer a wide variety of plants comprising a diverse ecological niche where to find these compounds. The aim of this chapter is to review the bibliography in order to describe natural phyto-antimicrobials that can be found in this vast scenario. The emphasis is placed on target microorganisms so as to give an easy and quick way of finding specific Central and South American plant-derived phytochemicals for each pathogenic microflora.