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Title: Natural plant chemicals: source of industrial and medicinal materials

Abstract

Many higher plants produce economically important organic compounds such as oils, resins, tannins, natural rubber, gums, waxes, dyes, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. However, most species of higher plants have never been described, much less surveyed for chemical or biologically active constituents, and new sources of commercially valuable materials remain to be discovered. Advances in biotechnology, particularly methods for culturing plants cells and tissues, should provide new means for the commercial processing of even rare plants and the chemicals they produce. These new technologies will extend and enhance the usefulness of plants as renewable resources of valuable chemicals. In the future, biologically active plant-derived chemicals can be expected to play an increasingly significant role in the commercial development of new products for regulating plant growth and for insect and weed control. 65 references.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. Research Park, Salt Lake City, UT
OSTI Identifier:
6450963
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Science (Washington, D.C.); (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 228
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; CHEMICAL FEEDSTOCKS; BIOSYNTHESIS; PLANTS; RESOURCE POTENTIAL; MEDICINAL PLANTS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; PLANT CELLS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; SYNTHESIS; 140504* - Solar Energy Conversion- Biomass Production & Conversion- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Balandrin, M F, Klocke, J A, Wurtele, E S, and Bollinger, W H. Natural plant chemicals: source of industrial and medicinal materials. United States: N. p., 1985. Web. doi:10.1126/science.3890182.
Balandrin, M F, Klocke, J A, Wurtele, E S, & Bollinger, W H. Natural plant chemicals: source of industrial and medicinal materials. United States. doi:10.1126/science.3890182.
Balandrin, M F, Klocke, J A, Wurtele, E S, and Bollinger, W H. Tue . "Natural plant chemicals: source of industrial and medicinal materials". United States. doi:10.1126/science.3890182.
@article{osti_6450963,
title = {Natural plant chemicals: source of industrial and medicinal materials},
author = {Balandrin, M F and Klocke, J A and Wurtele, E S and Bollinger, W H},
abstractNote = {Many higher plants produce economically important organic compounds such as oils, resins, tannins, natural rubber, gums, waxes, dyes, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. However, most species of higher plants have never been described, much less surveyed for chemical or biologically active constituents, and new sources of commercially valuable materials remain to be discovered. Advances in biotechnology, particularly methods for culturing plants cells and tissues, should provide new means for the commercial processing of even rare plants and the chemicals they produce. These new technologies will extend and enhance the usefulness of plants as renewable resources of valuable chemicals. In the future, biologically active plant-derived chemicals can be expected to play an increasingly significant role in the commercial development of new products for regulating plant growth and for insect and weed control. 65 references.},
doi = {10.1126/science.3890182},
journal = {Science (Washington, D.C.); (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 228,
place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {1}
}