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Microbial Consortia or Symbiotic Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 62 64 65 65 66 66 67 67 68 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 1 Introduction Science and technology are international but their development can be affected by regional characteristics. This aspect is observed with development of biotechnology in Japan, which is characterized by unique contributions from applied microbiology and bioindustry.

This means that expansion of the targets of screening beyond antibiotics started early. , screening of agents inhibiting enzymes involved in diseases or symptoms. Pepstatin, a specific inhibitor of pepsin and other aspartic proteases, is an initial example [3]. It is evident that his idea has opened up an aspect of the current rational approach of targeted screening. Blasticidin S (1958) is the first antibiotic used in agriculture to prevent rice blast caused by a pathogenic fungus, Piricuralia oryzae.

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