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Chapter 28 Metabolic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism

Part 5. Quality and Yield Traits

  1. Reuben J. Peters1,
  2. Rodney B. Croteau2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0470869143.kc029

Handbook of Plant Biotechnology

Handbook of Plant Biotechnology

How to Cite

Peters, R. J. and Croteau, R. B. 2004. Metabolic Engineering of Plant Secondary Metabolism. Handbook of Plant Biotechnology. 5:28.

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  1. 1

    Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

  2. 2

    Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. 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.


  • Tterpenoids;
  • phenylpropanoids