Plant secondary metabolites as defenses, regulators, and primary metabolites: the blurred functional trichotomy

Matthias Erb & Daniel J. Kliebenstein
The plant kingdom produces hundreds of thousands of low molecular weight organic compounds. Based on the assumed functions of these compounds, the research community has classified them into three overarching groups: primary metabolites, which are directly required for plant growth; secondary (or specialized) metabolites, which mediate plant–environment interactions; and hormones, which regulate organismal processesand metabolism. For decades, this functional trichotomy of plant metabolism has shaped theory and experimentation in plant biology. However, exact biochemical boundaries...
This data repository is not currently reporting usage information. For information on how your repository can submit usage information, please see our documentation.