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      Stress and defense responses in plant secondary metabolites production


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          In the growth condition(s) of plants, numerous secondary metabolites (SMs) are produced by them to serve variety of cellular functions essential for physiological processes, and recent increasing evidences have implicated stress and defense response signaling in their production. The type and concentration(s) of secondary molecule(s) produced by a plant are determined by the species, genotype, physiology, developmental stage and environmental factors during growth. This suggests the physiological adaptive responses employed by various plant taxonomic groups in coping with the stress and defensive stimuli. The past recent decades had witnessed renewed interest to study abiotic factors that influence secondary metabolism during in vitro and in vivo growth of plants. Application of molecular biology tools and techniques are facilitating understanding the signaling processes and pathways involved in the SMs production at subcellular, cellular, organ and whole plant systems during in vivo and in vitro growth, with application in metabolic engineering of biosynthetic pathways intermediates.

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                Biol Res
                Biol. Res
                Biological Research
                BioMed Central (London )
                29 July 2019
                29 July 2019
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                ISNI 0000 0004 0498 8167, GRID grid.411816.b, Department of Botany, School of Chemical and Life Sciences, , Hamdard University, ; New Delhi, 110 062 India
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                plant physiology,phytochemistry,biotic and abiotic stress,antioxidants,phytochemicals,plant secondary metabolites,natural products,plant nutrition,oxidative stress


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