Secondary Metabolites in Plants: General Introduction

  • Angelika Böttger
  • Ute Vothknecht
  • Cordelia Bolle
  • Alexander Wolf
Part of the Learning Materials in Biosciences book series (LMB)


Plants usually contain many different secondary metabolites, but some species contain very specific subsets of secondary metabolites. The amount of the compounds and the kind of compounds vary between different cells, tissues and developmental stages and can be influenced by external stressors. This means that the enzymatic pathways have to be tightly controlled. To synthetize secondary metabolites, plants use products from the primary metabolism as building blocks. The metabolites are further fused and modified by different processes to lead to the variations observed in nature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelika Böttger
    • 1
  • Ute Vothknecht
    • 2
  • Cordelia Bolle
    • 3
  • Alexander Wolf
    • 4
  1. 1.Department Biology IILMU MunichPlanegg-MartinsriedGermany
  2. 2.IZMB-Plant Cell BiologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.Department Biology ILMU MunichPlanegg-MartinsriedGermany
  4. 4.Inst. Molecular Toxicology/PharmacologyHelmholtz Zentrum MünichNeuherbergGermany

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