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Trends Biotechnol. 2003 Mar;21(3):123-30.

Secondary plant metabolites in phytoremediation and biotransformation.

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Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Oxford, Mansfield Road, Oxford, UK, OX1 3SR. acsi@ceh.ac.uk

Abstract

For millennia, secondary plant metabolites have antagonized microorganisms, insects and humans alike, ultimately generating a complex and dynamic mixture of facultative and obligate interactions from symbioses to pathogenicity. Secondary plant metabolites have an important role in developing the myriad of organic pollutant-degrading enzymes found in nature. The link between secondary plant metabolites and enzymatic diversity has yet to be exploited, with potential applications in fields as varied as pest management, bioremediation and fine chemical production.

PMID:
12628369
DOI:
10.1016/S0167-7799(02)00041-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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