Biosynthesis and Accumulation of Indole Alkaloids in Cell Suspension Cultures of Catharanthus roseus Cultivars

  • W. G. W. Kurz
  • K. B. Chatson
  • F. Constabel
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Plant cell cultures of the Madagascar periwinkle [Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don] have received particular attention because of physiologically potent indole alkaloids they are expected to produce. The production of alkaloids in cell cultures can be regarded as a differentiation process governed both by environmental conditions and by the genotype of the material in question. While conditions which might induce cell cultures to synthesize and accumulate alkaloids have been fairly well studied, the selection of a promising genotype has not and requires continued investigation. Accordingly, the present study is focused on variations of indole alkaloid accumulation in C. roseus cultivars.


Cell Suspension Culture Indole Alkaloid Alkaloid Production Catharanthus Roseus Biosynthetic Capability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. G. W. Kurz
  • K. B. Chatson
  • F. Constabel
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  1. 1.Plant Biotechnology InstituteNational Research Council of CanadaSaskatoonCanada

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