Valuable secondary products from in vitro culture

Mary Ann Lila

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The capacity for plant cell, tissue, and organ cultures to produce and accumulate many of the same valuable chemical compounds as the parent plant in nature has been recognized almost since the inception of in vitro technology. The strong and growing demand in today’s marketplace for natural, renewable products has refocused attention on in vitro plant materials as potential factories for secondary phytochemical products, and has paved the way for new research exploring secondary product expression in vitro. However, commercial significance alone does not drive the research initiatives. The deliberate stimulation of defined chemical products within carefully regulated in vitro cultures provides an excellent forum for in-depth investigation of biochemical and metabolic pathways, under highly controlled microenvironmental regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlant Development and Biotechnology
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780203506561
ISBN (Print)9780849316142
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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