Plant Vacuoles pp 477-484 | Cite as

Production of Plant Secondary Metabolites by Plant Cell Cultures in Relation to the Site and Mechanism of Their Accumulation

  • Michael Wink
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 134)

Abstract

Higher plants are characterized by their capacity to synthesize a wide variety of organic compounds, the so-called secondary metabolites. Due to the powerful means of modern analytical chemistry, many thousands of secondary products have been described (Table 1). Since only 5 to 15% of all higher plants have been studied so far, it is safe to estimate that the real number of existing natural products is substantially larger.

Keywords

Nicotine Flavonoid Serpentine Terpene Quinine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Wink
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  1. 1.Pharmazeutische BiologieGenzentrum der Universität MünchenMünchen 2Federal Republic of Germany

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