Biotechnological utilization of plant genetic resources for the production of phytopharmaceuticals

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    Natural products from plants are still important sources for the development of drugs, despite their recent neglect in pharmaceutical discovery programmes. The rapidly dwindling number of species endangers the availability of these natural compounds, which are characterized by the immense chemical and functional diversity ultimately responsible for their pharmaceutical activity. Although many steps in the drug discovery process have been continuously modified during recent years, a common dilemma is still unresolved, i.e. the supply crisis for hits discovered in rare wild plants due to their inaccessibility or lack of reproducibility. New technology, combining tissue culture, functional genomics and metabolomics, shows promise to overcome these problems and even to supply a greater chemical diversity of compounds.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83 - 89
    Number of pages7
    JournalPlant Genetic Resources: Characterisation and Utilisation
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • cell cultures
    • combinatorial biochemistry
    • functional genomics
    • metabolomics
    • plant-derived pharmaceuticals


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