Other Plant Substances

  • Werner Gottschalk
  • Gisela Wolff
Part of the Monographs on Theoretical and Applied Genetics book series (GENETICS, volume 7)


Most of the research work on the genetic regulation of amounts an composition of plant substances is done on seed proteins and carbohydrates. Only little information is available on genes influencing other plant substances of our crops. Tables 43 and 44 summarize some of the findings referring not only to seed substances, but also to components of other plant organs. In principle, they can be divided into two classes as follows:
  • Substances, the increase of which is desired. This holds true for the sugar content in sugar cane (Jagathesan 1976) or the content of ascorbic acid in fruits of black currants (Gröber 1967).

  • Substances, which should be removed. An impressive example is a toxic substance in Lathyrus sativus (BOAA; Nerkar 1971, 1972) or bad tasting alkaloids in Lupinus. As far as information is available, research work in this field seems to be worthwhile. Several mutants with reduced alcaloid content in the genus Lupinus are known (Zachow 1967; Pakendorf 1974; Byth 1975).


Sugar Cane Phytic Acid Seed Protein Plant Substance Species Literature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner Gottschalk
    • 1
  • Gisela Wolff
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für GenetikUniversität BonnBonnGermany

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