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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Plant Development and Biotechnology|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)