Cephalocereus senilis (Old-Man-Cactus): In Vitro Culture and the Elicitation of Flavonoids

  • P. W. Paré
  • Q. Liu
  • M. S. Bonness
  • M. Liu
  • R. A. Dixon
  • T. J. Mabry
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 37)


The abundance of cacti in arid lands is, at least in part, due to several biochemical and anatomical adaptations that cacti have for minimizing water loss. To what degree members of the Cactaceae have evolved defenses against microbial attack or insect feeding is not as well studied. In this chapter we will examine how one biosynthetic pathway, the route leading to flavonoid synthesis, responds to conditions which simulate bacterial infection. The chemical and biochemical studies have focused on a popular ornamental species, Cephalocereus senilis (old-man-cactus; Fig. 1A)


Cinnamic Acid Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Plant Minimize Water Loss Suspension Culture System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. W. Paré
    • 1
  • Q. Liu
    • 1
  • M. S. Bonness
    • 1
  • M. Liu
    • 1
  • R. A. Dixon
    • 2
  • T. J. Mabry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Plant Biology DivisionThe Samuel Roberts Noble FoundationArdmoreUSA

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