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Genetic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism

  • Brian E. Ellis
  • Gary W. Kuroki
  • Helen A. Stafford

Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Richard J. Robins, Nicholas J. Walton, Adrian J. Parr, E. Lindsay H. Aird, Michael J. C. Rhodes, John D. Hamill
    Pages 1-33
  3. Richard Plater, William R. Strohl
    Pages 61-91
  4. Ragai K. Ibrahim, Supa Chavadej, Vincenzo De Luca
    Pages 125-152
  5. Richard A. Dixon, Carl A. Maxwell, Weiting Ni, Abraham Oommen, Nancy L. Paiva
    Pages 153-178
  6. Rodney Croteau, Jonathan Gershenzon
    Pages 193-229
  7. Alois A. Bell, Robert D. Stipanovic, Marshall E. Mace, Russell J. Kohel
    Pages 231-249
  8. John C. Steffens, Eitan Harel, Michelle D. Hunt
    Pages 275-312
  9. Ronald Sederoff, Malcolm Campbell, David O’Malley, Ross Whetten
    Pages 313-355
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 357-368

About this book

Introduction

In this volume of Recent Advances in Phytochmistry you will find a record of the pioneering attempts of plant biochemists and molecular biologists to modify the patterns of secondary metabolism in plants, as presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Phytochemical Society of North America, in Asilomar, California, on June 27 -July I, 1993. The studies described here represent a marriage of the newest of technologies with one of the oldest human activities, exploitation of plant chemistry. They also represent the beginning of a new era of phytochemical research, an era that will undoubtedly begin to provide answers to some of the long-standing questions that have absorbed plant biochemists for the past century. There is, for instance, a common deflating experience to which every worker in the area of plant secondary metabolism can probably relate. After hearing about the latest research findings regarding some aspect of remarkable compound "X", someone in the audience finally directs the inevitable question at the hapless speaker. "Tell me, is anything known as to the biological role of compound "X" in the plant?" The answer, in most cases, must be "essentially nothing"! This is a frustrating scenario for both the speaker and the audience, since the very fact that a complex biosynthetic pathway remains encoded in a plant genome points to an associated selective advantage. The problem is that establishing the nature and scale of that advantage is a very complex task.

Keywords

Terpene biosynthesis genetic engineering metabolism microorganisms regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian E. Ellis
    • 1
  • Gary W. Kuroki
    • 2
  • Helen A. Stafford
    • 3
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Applied BiosystemsFoster CityUSA
  3. 3.Reed CollegePortlandUSA

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