Using hairy roots for production of valuable plant secondary metabolites

Li Tian

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Plants synthesize a wide variety of natural products, which are traditionally termed secondary metabolites and, more recently, coined specialized metabolites. While these chemical compounds are employed by plants for interactions with their environment, humans have long since explored and exploited plant secondary metabolites for medicinal and practical uses. Due to the tissuespecific and low-abundance accumulation of these metabolites, alternative means of production in systems other than intact plants are sought after. To this end, hairy root culture presents an excellent platform for producing valuable secondary metabolites. This chapter will focus on several major groups of secondary metabolites that are manufactured by hairy roots established from different plant species. Additionally, the methods for preservations of hairy roots will also be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-324
Number of pages50
JournalAdvances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
StatePublished - Jan 13 2015


  • Alkaloid
  • Hairy roots
  • Phenolic
  • Preservation
  • Secondary metabolites
  • Terpenoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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