Genetic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism

Genetic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism

by Brian E. Ellis
     
 

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In this volume of Recent Advances in Phyhmistry you will find a record of the pioneering attempts of plant biochemists and molecular biologists to modify the patterns of secondary metabolism in plants, as presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Phyhemical Society of North America, in Asilomar, California, on June 27 -July I, 1993. The studies described here

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In this volume of Recent Advances in Phyhmistry you will find a record of the pioneering attempts of plant biochemists and molecular biologists to modify the patterns of secondary metabolism in plants, as presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Phyhemical Society of North America, in Asilomar, California, on June 27 -July I, 1993. The studies described here represent a marriage of the newest of technologies with one of the oldest human activities, exploitation of plant chemistry. They also represent the beginning of a new era of phyhemical research, an era that will undoubtedly begin to provide answers to some of the long-standing questions that have absorbed plant biochemists for the past century. There is, for instance, a common deflating experience to which every worker in the area of plant secondary metabolism can probably relate. After hearing about the latest research findings regarding some aspect of remarkable compound "X", someone in the audience finally directs the inevitable question at the hapless speaker. "Tell me, is anything known as to the biological role of compound "X" in the plant?" The answer, in most cases, must be "essentially nothing"! This is a frustrating scenario for both the speaker and the audience, since the very fact that a complex biosynthetic pathway remains encoded in a plant genome points to an associated selective advantage. The problem is that establishing the nature and scale of that advantage is a very complex task.

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A dozen papers from a June-to-July 1993 meeting in Pacific Grove, California summarize the latest advances by biochemists and molecular biologists in modifying the patterns of secondary metabolisms in plants, and the application of the resulting metabolites in such areas as food, pigments, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and entertainment (flowers, apparently, not drugs). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461360858
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Recent Advances in Phytochemistry Series, #28
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

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