Regulation of Phytochemicals by Molecular Techniques

Regulation of Phytochemicals by Molecular Techniques

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  • Authors: J.A. Saunders, B.F. Matthews, John Romeo
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080540443

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The papers assembled in this volume were originally presented at the joint meeting of the Phytochemical Society of North America and the Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society, in August 2000. The symposium from which these chapters were prepared was entitled "Regulation of Phytochemicals by Molecular Techniques" and was organised by James Saunders and Ben Matthews. This joint meeting was timely because of recent landmark advances in molecular biology and genomics as well as the renewed interest in phytochemistry as a rich source of nutraceuticals, drugs, and alternatives to synthetic agriculture pesticides. Progress in genome sequencing in plants such as Arabidopsis and rice has been remarkable, as have expressed sequence tag (EST) projects in other plants, including maize and soybean. Recently, private and public sector participants of the Human Genome Project announced that a rough draft of the human genome has been constructed. These advances directly influence phytochemical investigations by providing both insight and tools for exploring and manipulating genomes.The chapters cover a wide range of applications from molecular biology to phytochemistry, and from basic studies on promoters and gene expression to pathway regulation and engineering with transformed plants. A number of noteworthy aspects emerge from this volume: applications of molecular biology to phytochemical practical problems are succeeding; newly emerging molecular tools promise to open new doors to discovery; and remarkable progress has already occurred in phytochemical pathway engineering.


For all those involved in researching/using plants to produce natural versions of drugs which are currently synthesized. And those interested in plant genetics, biochemistry, chemistry and molecular biology of plants.

Table of Contents

  • Genomics: New tools to analyze genetic and biochemical diversity (V. Walbot).

    Microarrays: Application to soybean gene expression during soybean cyst nematode invasion (B.F. Matthews).

    The design and use of transgenic plant expression systems for the
    production of foreign proteins (J.G. Boothe, N.A. Markley).

    Expression of foreign sequences in virus-infected plants using alfalfa mosaic virus coat protein (V. Yusibov et al.).

    Transcription factors and metabolic engineering: Novel applications for ancient tools (E.L. Braun et al.).

    Designer basic/leucine-zipper proteins as regulators of plant
    detoxification genes (A. Rahbar et al.).

    Properties and metabolic engineering of alfalfa phenylpropanoid
    pathway O-Methyltransferases (R.A. Dixon et al.).

    Mechanisms and applications of transcriptional control of phenylpropanoid metabolism (C. Martin et al.).

    Engineering isoprenoid metabolism and biochemistry in plants (M.A. Schoenbeck, J. Chappell).

    Production of cellulases in plants for biomass conversion (K.J. Danna).

    Resveratrol glucoside engineering: Plant and human health benefits (N.L. Paiva, J.D. Hipskind).

    Crop allelopathy: Enhancement through biotechnology (B.E. Scheffler et al.).

    Molecular regulation of monoterpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis (F. Hilliou et al.).

    Models for vacuolar sequestration of anthocyanins (L.A. Mueller, V. Walbot).


Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2001
  • Published: July 23, 2001
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080540443

About the Authors

J.A. Saunders

Affiliations and Expertise

US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, MD 20705, USA

B.F. Matthews

Affiliations and Expertise

USDA-ARS-PSI, Soybean and Alfalpha Research Lab, Baltimore, MD 20705, USA

John Romeo

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

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