Understanding natural fungicide synthesis: the pathway to strobilurins revealed at last

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Hannover studying a naturally-produced compound that inspired the biggest selling family of commercial agricultural fungicides have, for the first time, discovered how this important class of compound is synthesised in nature. The findings could potentially be used in the future to enable a ‘pick and mix’ approach with combinations of enzymes to make designer biosynthetic pathways for new compounds that could help to control crop diseases.