Recent Advances in the Production of Medicinal Substances by Plant Cell Cultures

  • M. Tabata
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Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Abstract

Higher plants are not only the most important producers of natural products including foods, wood, fibers and oils, but also the richest sources of medicinal substances. In recent years, however, there have been increasing difficulties in securing an ample supply of medicinal plants because of a drastic decrease in plant resources due to human disturbance of the natural environment, ruthless exploitation, increasing labor cost, and technical and/or economic difficulties in cultivating wild plants. We hope to bypass some of these difficulties by introducing cell culture systems for medicinal compound production.

Keywords

Morphine Caffeine Carotenoid Polyphenol Anthracene 

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