Natural product diversity of actinobacteria in the Atacama Desert

Mostafa E. Rateb*, Rainer Ebel, Marcel Jaspars

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The Atacama Desert of northern Chile is considered one of the most arid and extreme environment on Earth. Its core region was described as featuring “Mars-like” soils that were at one point deemed too extreme for life to exist. However, recent investigations confirmed the presence of diverse culturable actinobacteria. In the current review, we discuss a total of 46 natural products isolated to date representing diverse chemical classes characterized from different actinobacteria isolated from various locations in the Atacama Desert. Their reported biological activities are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1467-1477
Number of pages11
JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology
Issue number8
Early online date14 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Natural Product diversity


  • Actinobacteria
  • Atacama desert
  • Natural products


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