Ethephon Enhancement of Secondary Metabolite Synthesis in Plant Cell Cultures

G. H. Cho, D. I. Kim, H. Pedersen, C. ‐K Chin

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Addition of an ethylene precursor, ethephon, was studied in plant‐cell‐suspension cultures of Coffea arabica and Thalictrum rugosum as an enhancer of secondary metabolite production. In both cases the compound was able to stimulate alkaloid production, even though the biochemical pathways are widely different. This suggests that ethephon, or more directly ethylene, may be valuable in increasing secondary metabolite levels in a variety of cell‐suspension culture systems.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)184-188
Number of pages5
JournalBiotechnology Progress
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes

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