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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 13, Issue 1 (2024)

Secondary metabolites-God gifted arsenal for plants

Author(s):

Salman Ahmed, Shahnila Jamil and Maaz Uddin Ahmed Siddiqui

Abstract:

Plant secondary metabolites refer to various chemical compounds that plants produce. Still, they are not directly involved in essential growth processes like primary metabolites (such as sugars, amino acids, and lipids). The term "secondary metabolite" has generated controversy, as it implies these compounds are of minor importance to plants. "Special metabolites" may be a more suitable term. The plants are protected from both abiotic and biotic stress by these metabolites. The vast diversity of plant secondary metabolites showcases plants' incredible adaptability and versatility, providing an arsenal of chemical tools to defend against herbivores, protect from pathogens, attract pollinators and seed dispersers, adaptability and thrive and environmental interactions. Plants can therefore survive under less-than-ideal conditions. The profound impact of plant secondary metabolites highlights the intricate relationship between plants and humanity, opening doors to innovative applications with far-reaching implications.

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How to cite this article:
Salman Ahmed, Shahnila Jamil and Maaz Uddin Ahmed Siddiqui. Secondary metabolites-God gifted arsenal for plants. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2024;13(1):38-43. DOI: 10.22271/phyto.2024.v13.i1a.14811

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