Wollemia nobilis: Modern Studies of an Ancient Plant
Murch, SJ .
Chemistry and Metabolomics of An Ancient Species: Lessons for Modern Relatives.
Metabolomics is the study of the whole complement of small compounds in a biological sample. In an average leaf, it is common to detect 4,000 – 14,000 unique phytochemicals. About 1,150 of these can be identified as common primary metabolites while the majority are products of plant secondary metabolism, many with no known chemical identity. Further, the phytochemical profile of a plant tissue fluctuates with time, environment, ecotype, individuality, insect and microbial interactions and many other factors. Endangered species can tell us a great deal about those aspects of the phytochemistry that are important for adaptation and survival of a species. The metabolomic analyses of Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis) and comparative analysis to modern conifers is providing new insights into plant secondary metabolism, the conservation of important metabolites across species and the potential for discovery of important new plant chemistry.
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1 - UBC Okanagan, Chemistry, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 11:15 AM