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Saponins from Medicago SPP.: Chemical Characterization and Biological Activity Against Insects

  • Aldo Tava
  • Miriam Odoardi
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 405)

Abstract

The occurrence and distribution of secondary metabolites in plants, from an ecological viewpoint, can be associated with a defensive strategy of plants against herbivores. In order to limit damage from microbes, insects, or vertebrate predation, plants have developed complex metabolic pathways to produce specific secondary compounds that are associated with defense against pests and pathogens. Complex antibiotic substances such as alkaloids and terpenes, as well as proteins such as protease inhibitors, provide inducible or constitutive defense both in woody and in herbaceous plants.

Keywords

Medicagenic Acid Oleanolic Acid European Corn Borer Trichoderma Viride Saponin Content 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aldo Tava
    • 1
  • Miriam Odoardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto Sperimentale per le Colture ForaggereLodiItaly

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