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Secondary Metabolites

Ramasamy Vijayakumar

Bharathidasan University Constituent College

Dr. Ramasamy Vijayakumar received the 2013 Shri P.K. Das Memorial Best Faculty Award in Microbiology from the Nehru Arts and Science College (Coimbatore, India). He is a life member of the National Academy of Biological Sciences and the Mycological Society of India, as well as a member of the British Science Association.


Suresh Raja

Bharathidasan University


Secondary Metabolite Prokaryotic Microbe Eukaryotic Microbe Antimicrobial Compound Growth Regulator Tissue Culture Enzyme Pigment Anticancer Compound Genetic Engineering Next-Gen Sequencing Pesticide

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Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining biochemical reactions in organisms. Metabolites are the intermediate products of metabolism. They have various functions, including fuel, structure, signaling, stimulatory and inhibitory effects on enzymes, catalytic activity of their own, defense, and interactions with other organisms. A primary metabolite is directly involved in normal growth, development, and reproduction. A secondary metabolite is not directly involved in those processes, but usually has an important ecological function and provides survival benefit to the organism. They are found in microorganisms, plants, and animals. Herbal plants, animals, and microorganisms such as bacteria, actinobacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi, and algae have attracted more attention in research that has led to the discovery of secondary metabolites. Routine screening of natural resources with required biotechnological intervention will introduce novel secondary metabolic products with high pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, and environmental values. Thus, the proposed book focuses on secondary metabolite research productivity.

Chapter topics can include, but are not limited to: secondary metabolites from plants, secondary metabolites from animals, secondary metabolites from prokaryotic microbes, secondary metabolites from eukaryotic microbes, and biotechnological and engineering interventions in the production of secondary metabolites.

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Deadline for full chapters: November 22nd 2021

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Review results due: February 10th 2022

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Expected publication date: April 11th 2022

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Ramasamy Vijayakumar

Bharathidasan University Constituent College

Dr. Ramasamy Vijayakumar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology, Government Arts and Science College, Perambalur, India. He has experience in the field of separation of secondary metabolites from fungi and actinobacteria. He has deposited around 20 nucleotide sequences in GenBank, published 75 research and review articles, 10 book chapters and 2 books, guided 6 Ph.D. candidates, and organized several seminars and workshops. He has received research grants from the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Tamilnadu State Council for Science and Technology, and Tamilnadu State Council for Higher Education, Chennai, Government of India. He is a life member of the National Academy of Biological Sciences and Mycological Society of India. Dr. Vijayakumar is a reviewer for reputed journals, doctoral committee member, and a board of study member in microbiology. He received the 2013 Shri P.K. Das Memorial Best Faculty Award in Microbiology from the Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, India. As per the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (Vol. 51, 2013), Dr. Vijayakumar was ranked second among the top five in the field of actinobacterial research in India.

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