Plant secondary metabolism
and challenges in modifying its operation: an overview.
Despite the enormous importance, processes controlling plant carbon allocation into primary and secondary metabolism
, such as respiratory CO2 emission and VOC synthesis, remain unclear.
It affects also the process of formation of secondary metabolism
Gut microflora, particularly in the colon, play host to bacteria that can significantly influence aspects of human health through their secondary metabolism
This compendium presents 12 contributed chapters pertaining to genome architecture, conjugative genetic elements, differentiation, protein secretion, central carbon metabolic pathways, regulation of nitrogen assimilation, and mechanisms of phosphate control of primary and secondary metabolism
, among other topics.
In seven updated and clearly organized chapters, scientists from Germany, the UK, and Australia overview the biochemistry, physiology, and function of secondary metabolism
and review the major groups of secondary metabolites: alkaloids and betalains, cyanogenic glucosides, glucosinolates and nonprotein amino acids, phenyl propanoids and related phenolics, terpenoids, cardiac glycosides, and saponins.
From the biological point of view, a greater knowledge of the nature of secondary metabolism
in solid medium is needed to obtain the system's full production potential.
Phosphorus is also known to have multifarious cellular functions in plants, including: signalling and transmembrane metabolic flux and therefore, the secondary metabolism
is modulated by these mechanisms (Ram et al.
A third group of possible health effects from fungal exposure derives from the volatile compounds (VOCs) produced through fungal primary or secondary metabolism
and released into indoor air.
These natural compounds typically arise from the secondary metabolism
of the fungal part of the lichen.
Shevchenko is now studying stevia for its secondary metabolism
applications, including its antioxidant properties.
Therefore, secondary metabolism
contributes to the economical importance of plants.