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lipases etc. could play an important role in food, detergent, paper and pulp industries. Some filamentous fungi from the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium and halophilic black yeasts produce extracellular hydrolytic enzymes active at high salt concentrations. 4.) Other innovative products from halophiles are secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical properties, such as enzyme inhibitors, antibiotics and antiproliferative agents. Although halophilic Hortaea wereneckii produces a substance with antibiotic properties, this potential is poorly investigated and has not yet been commercially exploited. 5.) Progressive salinization of irrigated land presents one of the main problems for agriculture world-wide. Thus, 50% of artificially irrigated arable land is affected by salinization, resulting in a loss of 10 million hectares of arable land every year. This trend dictates the need for research to overcome the problems of salinization by both increasing salt-tolerance in agriculturally important plant species as well as phytoremediation and thus desalinization of the affected soils. An important step in this direction is to understand the mechanisms of salt tolerance in those eukaryotic microorganisms which are salt tolerant by their nature.

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biotechnological potential, halophilic fungi, exopolymers, enzymes, secondary metabolites

Received: 18/6/2003

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