Chapter 28 Metabolic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism
Part 5. Quality and Yield Traits
Published Online: 15 JUL 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Handbook of Plant Biotechnology
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Peters, R. J. and Croteau, R. B. 2004. Metabolic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism. Handbook of Plant Biotechnology. 5:28.
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2004
In this chapter, we focus on the promise inherent in current efforts to manipulate plant secondary metabolism to improve the yield and/or quality of domestic crop plants. While there is yet no commercial production of any crops engineered in this fashion, a number of crops are in development based on successful research demonstrating the potential of such alteration for improving agriculture and human health. However, as in the deployment of any new technology, there are cautionary notes regarding the possibility of unforeseen and undesirable side effects of such manipulation.