Terpenes and sterols are complex molecules synthesized by equally complex biosynthetic pathways. Recent progress in using the tools of genetics, molecular genetics and genetic engineering to dissect triterpene metabolism in the cytosol, and terpene metabolism in the plastids, has opened up new strategies and avenues of investigation. Most importantly, these studies have enhanced our appreciation of the biological significance of these compounds for plants, and have revealed new secrets of this intriguing biochemistry for practical applications in agriculture and medicine.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Plant Biology|
|State||Published - 2002|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Work in the author's laboratory has been supported by the National Science Foundation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Plant Science