Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (01): 53-64.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.10233

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Genomics Grand for Diversified Plant Secondary Metabolites

Xin  FANG1、2, Chang-Qing  YANG2, Yu-Kun  WEI1, Qi-Xia  MA1, Lei  YANG1、2, Xiao-Ya  CHEN1、2   

  1. 1 Plant Science Research Center, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai 201602, China;
    2 Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Received:2010-12-17 Online:2011-01-21 Published:2010-12-30


Plants can generate an overwhelming variety of structurally diversified organic compounds called secondary metabolites. These compounds usually perform interesting biological activities and important functions in influencing interactions between plants and other organisms. They are also widely utilized as pharmaceuticals, insecticides, dyes, flavors and fragrances. Plant genome sequencing, transcriptome and metabolome analyses have provided huge amounts of data to explain the great diversity of secondary metabolites. This knowledge in turn will help us better understand their ecological role and is a creating novel tool for genetic engineering of plant secondary metabolism.

Key words: Plant secondary metabolites, Biosynthetic pathways, Genomics, Chemical diversity, Bioinformatics

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