Molecular Mechanism and Regulation of Secondary Metabolites Biosynthesis in Plants

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 46

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State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
Interests: plant secondary matabolites; biosynthetic pathway; epigenetics; transcription factor; genome; transcriptome; metabolome; genetic engineering; synthetic biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant secondary metabolites are important sources for pharmaceuticals, food additives, flavors, and other industrial materials. However, compared with plant primary metabolites, the number of studies on plant secondary metabolites has fallen far behind. Recently, with the increase in demand for plant secondary metabolites and the development and application of high-throughput technologies, the research field of plant secondary metabolites has rapidly expanded. Significant progress has been made in finding the biosynthetic pathway of secondary metabolites, key enzymes of the pathway, and regulatory mechanisms of secondary metabolism. This enables the production of secondary metabolites through new technologies such as synthetic biology. Moreover, novel strategies are being applied to this research field. This open access Special Issue of Plants is devoted to publishing original research and review articles on studies of the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, highlighting recent advances in molecular mechanisms and regulation of the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in plants, particularly new discoveries and the development and application of novel technologies. This Special Issue aims to provide an accessible collection of research that shares the latest innovative results from the research field of plants to aid further studies on secondary metabolism, plant improvement, and the production of important secondary metabolites.

Topics of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Biosynthetic pathways of secondary metabolites;
  • Key genes or enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites;
  • Epigenetics of plant secondary metabolism;
  • Transcription factors and regulatory networks in plant secondary metabolism;
  • Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of plant secondary metabolites;
  • Application of high-throughput sequencing technologies;
  • Databases associated with the biosynthesis and regulation of plant secondary metabolites;
  • Novel technologies and strategies for plant secondary metabolism studies;
  • Genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics of medicinal plants.

Dr. Deyou Qiu
Guest Editor

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  • secondary metabolites
  • biosynthetic pathway
  • functional characterization of gene and enzyme
  • epigenetic regulation
  • high-throughput sequencing
  • metabolic engineering
  • synthetic biology
  • transcription factor
  • medicinal plants
  • molecular regulatory mechanisms
  • genome editing
  • multi-omics
  • AI

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