PHARMACOGNOSY General Study of Formation of Secondary Metabolites

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Biogenesis of Primary Metabolites All organisms need to transform and interconvert a vast number of organic compounds to enable them to live, grow, and reproduce. They need to provide themselves with energy in the form of ATP, and supply of building blocks to construct their own tissues. An integrated network of enzyme mediated and carefully regulated chemical reactions are used for this purpose, collectively called intermediary metabolism, and the pathways involved are termed metabolic pathways. Living plants are solar-powered biochemical and biosynthetic laboratory which manufactures both primary and secondary metabolites from air, water, minerals and sunlight. The primary metabolites like sugars, amino acids and fatty acids that are needed for general growth and physiological development of plant are widely distributed in nature and are also utilized as food by man. The secondary metabolites such as alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, volatile oils etc are biosynthetically derived from

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