Common root for plant chemicals

Researchers at Purdue University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany have discovered that plants use just one cellular pathway to create thousands of different terpenoids. Their findings could overturn the received wisdom regarding plant biochemistry that at least two pathways are involved in building the precursors for terpenoids. The team has now demonstrated that a unique source located in the same part of the plant cell in which photosynthesis takes place is the root of all plant terpenoid precursors. The research will have important implications for engineering plant metabolism to make useful products in medicine and other areas.