DOI: 10.21276/ajptr
Wed, 27 Mar 2019

Lichen Secondary Metabolites and Its Biological Activity

Shantanu Bhattacharyya1*, Pratibha Rani Deep1, Sunita Singh1, Binata Nayak1

1.School of life Sciences, Sambalpur University, jyoti Vihar, Burla,Odisha, india -768019


Lichens are organisms which are formed through symbiotic association of fungi and algae or cyanobacteria. Lichen produces a great variety of secondary metabolites with various biological activities including antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumour, antioxidant, antihervivore, insecticidal, allelochemical and allergenic action. These compounds play a major role in providing photoprotection against intense radiation and can be used as an important candidate for antipyretic and analgesic drugs. Lichen metabolites act as major factor in metal homeostasis and pollution tolerance of lichen. This review describes the biological activities of secondary metabolites produced from lichen.

Keywords: Lichen, Secondary Metabolites, medicinal value, drug, antioxidant.

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