About the book
Metabolism is the set of life-sustaining biochemical reactions in organisms. Metabolites are the intermediate products of metabolism. They have various functions, including fuel, structure, signaling, stimulatory and inhibitory effects on enzymes, catalytic activity of their own, defense, and interactions with other organisms. A primary metabolite is directly involved in normal growth, development, and reproduction. A secondary metabolite is not directly involved in those processes, but usually has an important ecological function and provides survival benefit to the organism. They are found in microorganisms, plants, and animals. Herbal plants, animals, and microorganisms such as bacteria, actinobacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi, and algae have attracted more attention in research that has led to the discovery of secondary metabolites. Routine screening of natural resources with required biotechnological intervention will introduce novel secondary metabolic products with high pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, and environmental values. Thus, the proposed book focuses on secondary metabolite research productivity.
Chapter topics can include, but are not limited to: secondary metabolites from plants, secondary metabolites from animals, secondary metabolites from prokaryotic microbes, secondary metabolites from eukaryotic microbes, and biotechnological and engineering interventions in the production of secondary metabolites.