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Biotechnological production of plant-based insecticides.

George, J. and Bais, H. P. and Ravishankar, G. A. (2000) Biotechnological production of plant-based insecticides. Critical reviews in biotechnology, 20 (1). pp. 49-77. ISSN 0738-8551

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The demand for natural and nonpersistent insecticides is increasing day by day. Plant cell cultures could be an alternative to conventional methods of production of insecticides from field-grown plants. In vitro cultured plant cells produce a wide array of insecticides as a part of their secondary metabolism. Their ability to synthesize key enzymes and the manipulation of these could lead to the enhanced production of many insecticides of industrial importance. The development of a high-yielding hairy root culture system for thiophenes, nicotine, and phytoecdysones is of considerable interest. In this article, the current literature on various factors that influence the growth, production, and secretion of six insecticidal compounds, namely, pyrethrins, azadirachtin, thiophenes, nicotine, rotenoids, and phytoecdysones which have been prospects for the scale-up of cell cultures, genetic engineering to obtain transgenic plants, and metabolically engineered plants for increased production of bio-molecules, has been discussed. Environmental safety clearance and the future prospects of application of biomolecules for plant-derived insecticides are presented.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: insecticides, plant cell/tissue cultures, in vitro tissues, hairy root cultures, pyrethrins, azadirachtin, thiophenes, nicotine, rotenoids, phytoecdysones, 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzaldehyde
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 10 Plants
600 Technology > 05 Chemical engineering > 01 Biotechnology and Bioengineering
500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 04 Chemistry and Allied Sciences > 26 Pesticide Chemistry
Divisions: Plant Cell Biotechnology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2010 05:16
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 10:17
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/2166

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