Definition of Plant Metabolic Networks

  • Andreas P.M. Weber

To the best of the author’s knowledge, the answer to this question is yes. In part, the enormous complexity of plant metabolic networks is due to the high degree of compartmentation of plant cells. That is, plant cells, in contrast to other non-plant eukaryotic cells, display a higher degree of compartmentation, with the chloroplast being the most prominent compartment that is exclusive to plants. In addition to having a higher degree of compartmentation, most higher plants are sessile and thus cannot escape from biotic or abiotic stressors, which promoted the evolution of a host of metabolic adaptations to the sessile lifestyle, including an impressive range of secondary metabolites that are synthesized by plants to serve as defense compounds against pathogen attack, as attractants for pollinators, and as protective agents against abiotic stress.


Metabolic Network Metabolic Flux Analysis Envelope Membrane Bundle Sheath Cell Triose Phosphate 
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  1. 1.Institute for Plant BiochemistryHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätGermany

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