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Secondary Metabolites: Their Function and Evolution

Secondary Metabolites: Their Function and Evolution

Derek J. Chadwick (Editor), Julie Whelan (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-51435-1

Apr 2008

328 pages

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A comprehensive review of current thinking on the biosynthesis, function and evolution of secondary metabolites in animals, plants and microorganisms. Examines the traditional context of secondary metabolites as natural products having no obvious part to play in the producing organism's life cycle. Covers issues related to genetic and antibiotic applications.
Partial table of contents:

Origins of Secondary Metabolism (T. Cavalier-Smith).

Genes for Polyketide Secondary Metabolic Pathways in Microorganisms and Plants (D. Hopwood & C. Khosla).

Regulation of Gibberellin Formation by the Fungus Gibberella Fujikuroi (B. Brückner).

Genetic Regulation of Secondary Metabolic Pathways in Streptomyces (K. Chater).

Role of Secondary Metabolites from Microbes (L. Vining).

Self-Protection Mechanisms in Antibiotic Producers (E. Cundliffe).

Secondary Metabolites from Marine Organisms (K. Rinehart).

Roles for Secondary Metabolites in Plants (P. Waterman).

Index of Contributors.

Subject Index.