Secondary metabolites in carnivorous plants from the Droseraceae family

Svetličić, Ida (2013) Secondary metabolites in carnivorous plants from the Droseraceae family. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Due to the flaws of artificially synthesized drugs, more work is being done on discovering health effects of plant extracts which could play an important role in fighting cancer and other diseases. Naphtoquinons and flavonoids are the most important secondary metabolites in carnivorous plants from the family Droseraceae. It has been shown that they have numerous pharmacological effects, including mitigation of cough and destruction of tumor cells. Due to ever-smaller areas of their natural habitat, the plant family Droseraceae is legally protected species in many countries. In order to ensure a sufficient amount of plant material for medically useful secondary metabolites extraction, intensive in vitro cultivation of these plants is required. By adding elicitors to the culture medium, high income in naphtoquinon and flavonoid content is achieved. The key is to explore the right conditions to grow these plants in vitro, such as the concentration and type of nutrients and elicitors, and the optimum pH for each type of media. The interaction of certain secondary metabolites should also be further explored to find out in which conditions it is synergistic and in which antagonistic.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Tkalec, Mirta
Date: 2013
Number of Pages: 10
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 12:03
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 12:03

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