Histochemical Analysis of Plant Secretory Structures

  • Diego DemarcoEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1560)


Histochemical analysis is essential for the study of plant secretory structures whose classification is based, at least partially, on the composition of their secretion. As each gland may produce one or more types of substances, a correct analysis of its secretion should be done using various histochemical tests to detect metabolites of different chemical classes. Here I describe some of the most used methods to detect carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, phenolic compounds, and alkaloids in the secretory structures.

Key words

Histochemistry Plant secretory structures Secondary metabolites Secretion Classification Function 



I thank the Laboratory of Plant Anatomy at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo, where the histochemical analyses were performed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Anatomia Vegetal, Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSao PauloBrazil

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